ABOUT THE IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM
Celebrating excellence in independent publishing for over 30 years
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin 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 an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.
CONGRATS TO THE 31ST ANNUAL WINNERS!On April 5, 2019, IBPA announced Gold and Silver winners in its prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, recognizing excellence and innovation in independent publishing. A full list of winners in all fifty-four categories is available here. Are you a winner? Congratulations! Be sure to check out our Tips for Winners page.
READY TO ENTER THE 32ND ANNUAL PROGRAM?
The 32nd annual Call for Entries [link available in late April 2019] will be available in late April 2019. All print and audiobooks with a copyright date of 2019 will be eligible. Complete eligibility details are available here; the deadlines for entry are below. We hope you’ll consider entering. Download the 32nd annual call for entries [link available in late April 2019] for more information. Questions? Please contact IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan at email@example.com.
FIRST CALL FOR ENTRIES: MAY 1, 2019 THRU SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2019
SECOND CALL FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 1, 2019 THRU DECEMBER 15, 2019
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2019
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ARE YOU READY TO ENTER A PROFESSIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION?
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program accepts books published using all business models: traditional, self, hybrid, etc. Regardless of the business model used to produce the book, however, it’s important that the end product meets professional publishing standards.
Prior to entering the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, prospective entrants are encouraged to refer to IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book for a 2-page checklist of items necessary for the professional presentation of any book.
IBPA IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED BOOK AWARD JUDGES.
Are you an expert in the field of book editorial or design and interested in serving as a judge for the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application.
Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey [link available in late April 2019] by Friday, August 31, 2019 to be considered. Previous and prospective judges must both apply.
JOIN US APRIL 3, 2020 FOR THE 32ND ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ CEREMONY.
Join IBPA as we honor the winners of our 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program! The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, which include over ﬁfty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for indie publishers. Held on the evening of April 3, 2020 in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University in Redondo Beach, California, the 2020 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.
All category finalists receive a complimentary ticket to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program ceremony on a first come, first served basis until tickets sell out. Email IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Date: Friday, April 3, 20209
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach And Marina, 300 N. Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, California 90277-2552
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