"My Year as a Clown," a first novel by Westport author Robert Steven Williams, has been awarded a silver medal for popular fiction in the 2013 Independent Publishers Book Award contest.

The medal was one of 322 awarded by the website independentpublisher.com, which calls itself the voice of the independent publishing industry in the nation.

Williams' story is set in Putnam's Landing, a fictional Westport, and is an homage to the late Westport resident Max Shulman's novel, "Rally Around the Flag Boys!," which was also set in Putnam's Landing.

Popular fiction was one of 77 categories for which Independent Publisher gave medals, according to the website.

The website said 2,500 independent authors and publishers participated in the contest.

Williams is scheduled to receive the award at a ceremony in New York City on May 29, the day before the 2013 BookExpo America opens in New York at the Javitts Center.