Author Mark Nutter receives national recognition through the Independent Press Award

March 14 21:24 2023

Evanston, IL – The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognized Giant Banana Over Texas by Mark Nutter in the category of Comedy as the winner.

The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected IPA Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.

Giant Banana Over Texas 




Thirty-one short stories for lovers of absurd comedy. Monty Python meets Douglas Adams meets Salvador Dali.

MARK NUTTER grew up in a motel near Joliet, Illinois, which is not as glamorous as it sounds. He developed a taste for absurd comedy in the womb. He’s written two short fiction collections (Giant Banana Over Texas, and Sunset Cruise on the River Styx). Nutter has also written for the stage (Re-Animator: The Musical, The Bicycle Men, Christmas Smackdown), television (Saturday Night Live, 3rd Rock from the Sun), and film (Almost Heroes). Available on Amazon and BookBaby.

In 2023, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Scotland, and South Africa, participated.

Books submitted included writers and journalists based in cities such as Atlanta to Los Angeles; London to Nova Scotia; from Cape Town to Mumbai; from Albuquerque to New York City as well as others.

“We are proud to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2023 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. This year included an array of quality and diverse independent books,” Olczak said. “Independent publishing is pushing on every corner of the earth with great content. We are thrilled to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

For more information please visit; and to see this year’s list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages: 2023 WINNERS: and 2023 DISTINGUISHED FAVORITES: 

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