The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. Winning a Benjamin Franklin Book Award expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.
Congratulations to the 2016 gold award winners!
IBPA announced the 2016 gold award winners during a gala ceremony on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. You’ll find the complete list of gold winners here. You might also be interested in reading the official press release here.
Attention Winners! Visit the Online Store to order Silver and Gold award stickers, as well as extra trophies and certificates.
Want to submit your book for the 2017 book award program?
The 2017 Call for Entries is now available for download. There are links in the right side bar of this website and on the Entry Form Page of this website to download digital PDF versions of the Call For Entries Brochure with Entry Form, or only the Entry Form alone. The digital PDF Entry Form can be filled in digitally on a computer, or you can print it out and fill it in. All books with a copyright date of 2016 are eligible. Complete eligibility details are available here; the deadlines for entry are below. We hope you’ll consider entering! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
FIRST CALL FOR ENTRIES: MAY 1, 2016 THRU SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2016
SECOND CALL FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 1, 2016 THRU DECEMBER 15, 2016
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2016
If you submit your book for the 2017 award program, what can you expect?
One Gold and at least two Silver award winners are determined in each category. The Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are unique in that all entrants receive direct feedback on their entries. The actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers. Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, all winners receive:
- Two tickets to the award ceremony recognizing all the award winners. See below.
- A personalized award certificate.
- Special award stickers to affix to the winning books.
- Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
- Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
- Announcement to major trade journals (including Publishers Weekly and Book Business), to select public libraries, through all IBPA social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, the IBPA Blog and more.
Winners for the years from 2010 through 2016 are archived here on this IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2016 are archived on the IBPA Online website.
We’re looking for qualified judges!
Are you an expert in the fields of book editorial or design and interested in serving as a judge for IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program? We’d love to consider your application! Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by July 1, 2016 to be considered.
Join us for the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony in Portland, Oregon!
Held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University (April 7-8, 2017 in Portland, Oregon), the 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony will be a gala dinner where all gold award winners receive an engraved crystal trophy marking their achievement.
Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon (part of IBPA’s annual Publishing University)
PICTURED BELOW: THE 2014 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS™ CEREMONY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK. CLICK AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT.