Flower of Iowa Wins Gold in the Foreword Reviews INDIE Book of the Year Awards.

Flower of Iowa by Lance Ringel received a Gold Medal in the 2020 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards War & Military category, becoming the first gay fiction ever to win that category.

Foreword Reviews announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards on June 17, 2021. The awards recognize the best books published in 2020 from small, independent, and university presses, including university and author publishers.


For this year’s competition, over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 9 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then delivered to individual librarians and booksellers tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.


Since 1998, Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. In print, and online, its FOLIO award-winning design and editorial content makes the magazine a favorite among librarians, booksellers, and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books. Foreword INDIES and the fee-for-review Clarion service complement our online content and print magazine, helping to showcase independent presses and their authors.


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