Giveaway: Win an Indie Bookstore Gift Certificate!

We at UNC Press deeply appreciate independent bookstores around the nation, as well as the hardworking booksellers who staff them. Not only are these bookstores essential to our business, but they are also vital community hubs where people can connect, access new ideas, and find books suited to their particular interests. In our home state of North Carolina, we are lucky to have a wealth of spectacular indie bookstores. However, on top of the usual trials of maintaining a small local business, indie bookstores face even more uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a way to spread the word about NC bookstores and support their efforts, we have purchased $75 gift certificates from eighteen different bookstores around the state, and we’re giving them away to encourage you to #ShopIndie, #ShopSmall, and #ShopNCBookstores. Even if you are not selected as a winner, please consider purchasing books at one of these stores or at another local bookshop this holiday season.

Winners are not limited to purchasing UNC Press books with their gift card, but we have lots of great books for everyone on your holiday list, all available through these independent bookstores.  Here’s a list of just a few—click on the link to visit the book’s page on

Below you’ll find a link to the giveaway for each bookstore. You may enter as many giveaways as you want, and we’ve provided a variety of ways to enter, whether it’s sharing the giveaway link with others, visiting the store’s website, or following us on social media.

You don’t have to be in North Carolina to win, but please note that the gift certificates are subject to the terms set by each individual store. While each store has an online shopping option, shipping options and costs will differ. If you’re not local, please check out the store’s website before you enter to ensure you can use your gift certificate from afar.

U.S. residents only, age 18+. Winners will be randomly selected using the Rewards Fuel platform. Enter by 11:59 PM ET on Sunday December 6th, 2020, for a chance to win.