THE 28TH ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS™ CALL FOR ENTRIES IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

The 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. 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.

Indie publishers and self-published authors are invited to enter the next competition for books with a copyright date of 2015. The inclusive program includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design. Enter today to be considered for one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors!

 

DEADLINES

FIRST CALL—DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2015

SECOND CALL—DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2015
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2015

 

WHY ENTER

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Call For EntriesOne Gold and at least two Silver award winners are determined in each category. 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 2015 are archived here on this IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2015 are archived on the IBPA Online website.

 

CALL FOR JUDGES

Are you an expert in the fields of book editorial and/or design and interested in giving back to your community as a judge in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program? We’d love to consider your application! Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by September 1, 2015 to be considered.

 

THE 2016 AWARDS CEREMONY

Held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University (April 8-9, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah), the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy marking their achievement. In mid-March 2016, all finalists will receive a special Coupon Code good for two complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony. All others are welcome to attend, as well. The general admission ticket price is $30.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah (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.

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