ABOUT THE IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM
Celebrating excellence in independent publishing for 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.
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.
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ENTER THE 30TH ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM
The 30th annual call for entries is now open. All books with a copyright date of 2017 are eligible. Complete eligibility details are available here; the deadlines for entry are below. We hope you’ll consider entering. You can download the entry materials here and contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
FIRST CALL FOR ENTRIES: MAY 1, 2017 THRU SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2017
SECOND CALL FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 1, 2017 THRU DECEMBER 15, 2017
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2017
IBPA IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED BOOK AWARD JUDGES
Are you an expert in the fields of book editorial or design and interested in serving as a judge for the 30th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application.
Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by August 15, 2017 to be placed in consideration. Previous and prospective judges must both apply.