IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS™ CEREMONY

Date: May 28, 2014

Time: Awards Reception: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Awards Program: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: NYU Kimmel Center, Rosenthal Pavilion
60 Washington Square South, NYC 10012

Registration: General Registration


Join the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) on May 28, 2014 as we honor the winners of our 26th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards!

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The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which include fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

The Awards are administered by IBPA, with help from over 160 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are unique in that the entrants receive direct feedback on their titles. The actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of being named as a winner of this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy. Gold and Silver winners receive award certificates along with gold or silver stickers. All winners are announced to the major trade journals and media.

All award finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. Finalists will be emailed a special Coupon Code to use when registering above in order to claim their complimentary tickets. This email will be sent no later than the end of April 2014. Email terry@ibpa-online.org for details.

THANK YOU

Thank you, and good luck, to everyone who entered the 2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards. We will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 awards program in July 2014.

Winners for the years from 2010 through 2013 are archived here on the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2013 are archived on the IBPA Online website.

 

The 2014 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards are closed.

We will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 awards program in July 2014.

New information about the 2015 awards program will be available on this website as soon as possible.


Angela Bole
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deltina Hay
BOARD CHAIR

Brochure Cover

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PHILOSOPHY

"When we first began the awards, it was both to honor the publishers who produce quality titles and to teach publishers how they can compete in the world of book publishing. We recognize that when people purchase a product they do not purchase it because a specific named publisher publishes it, they purchase a book because it fulfills a need and is well designed and edited. Each and every day all houses compete for shelf space and consumer recognition. By providing feedback on your entries into the awards, you hear what the buyers and reviewers think about your product and learn that you can compete. Sometimes the major houses do win. Other times, the smaller publishers win out because they do a better job and provide a better product.

As you can see by the wording of our awards, it is open to all. We decided to parallel the universe of book publishing that doesn't discriminate between large and small."

— Jan Nathan, Founder, IBPA

2013 BFA trophy

2013 BFA trophy for Bill Fisher Best First Book Non-Fiction Award
Published by Billyfish Books – photo courtesy of Tammie Stevens

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ELIGIBILITY AND DEADLINES

WHO MAY ENTER
Publishers of print books copyrighted in 2013 may enter the competition. Any books submitted with copyright dates other than 2013 must be accompanied with proof of initial distribution in the year 2013.

If you have an e-book you would like to enter, please see our
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards program
.

DEADLINES
FIRST CALL—DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
For titles published January 1 – August 31, 2013

SECOND CALL—DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2014
For titles published September 1 – December 31, 2013
All titles carrying a 2013 copyright date will be accepted in the January 15, 2014 Call for Entry.

ABOUT THE AWARDS PRESENTATION
All finalists will be notified in April 2014. Two silver award winners and one gold award winner will be awarded in each category. All publishers are invited to celebrate with us as at the 2014 gala awards ceremony. We look forward to recognizing and cheering on the publishers who set the standards of excellence within the publishing community.

BFA gold winner sealBFA silver finalist seal

CONTACT INFO
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 204 • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tel: 310/546-1818 • Fax: 310/546-3939
info@ibpa-online.org
www.ibpa-online.org

 

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GUIDELINES

ENTRY FEES
IBPA member – $95 per title, per category
Non-IBPA member – $225 for first title, which includes one year’s membership in IBPA; $95 per title, per category for second and subsequent entries.

Payable to IBPA by check, or by VISA / Master Card / AMEX.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Each entry will be judged by three independent judges. Each judge will have either a design focus or an editorial focus. Most entries are assigned two editorial judges and one design judge. Some entries, however, like those in the "Interior Design" category, will be assigned only design judges and some entries, like those in the "Best New Voices" category, will be assigned only editorial judges.

pdf Click here for a look at the general criteria for editorial.

pdf Click here for a look at the general criteria for design.

If you'd like copies of the official judging forms for your category, please contact Patti Grasso at patti@ibpa-online.org. and specify the category of judging forms you would like.

WHAT TO SEND
Submit four (4) copies of each title for the initial category entered. If you are entering the same title in multiple categories, you need to submit three (3) additional books for each additional category entered. Example: If you enter the same title in Categories 14 and 40, a total of seven (7) books needs to be sent with the entry.

For Category 49, Most Improved Redesign, please submit four (4) copies of the newly designed book and four (4) copies of the old book. If you wish to have the old book returned, please indicate that on the entry form and we will request that of our judges.

Insert the entry label inside the front cover of each book. Double-check to be sure you have filled in the label completely and have entered the title in the most appropriate category. Children’s Picture Books are only eligible in the categories that have “Children’s” in the name.

Send a check made payable to "IBPA" for the total amount of entry fees or fill out the credit card section on the entry label and include with your entries. If paying by credit card, please place your credit card details in an envelope on top of the entries. Do not include inside each book.

All copies of books entered become the property of IBPA and will not be returned to you, except in the case of Category 49, Most Improved Redesign.

HOW TO SEND
Ship books and payment for entry fees in the same package via a shipping service, such as UPS or the USPS, to insure on-time delivery to the IBPA offices. DO NOT SEND FOURTH CLASS BOOK RATE. Place the payment for entry fees in an envelope on top of the entries in the package. Please do not include the payment in an envelope on the outside of the package. Please use the package mailing label to identify your submission.

WHERE TO SEND
IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS
Independent Book Publishers Association
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Telephone: 310/546-1818
Fax: 310/546-3939

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CATEGORIES

Titles are judged for both design and editorial content. Special Note: Children’s Picture Books are only eligible in categories that have “Children’s” in the name. Children’s categories are 8, 9, 45, 48, 52, and 55.

BOOK AWARDS

1. Animals/Pets
2. Art/Photography
3. Autobiography/Memoirs
4. Biography
5. Body, Mind & Spirit
6. Business & Economics
7. Career
8. Children’s Picture Book
9. Children’s Book & Audiobook Set
10. Young Reader: Fiction (8–12 years)
11. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8–12 years)
12. Teen: Fiction (13–18 years)
13. Teen: Nonfiction (13–18 years)
14. Coffee Table Books
15. Cookbooks
16. Crafts/Hobby/How-To
17. Education
18. Gift Books
19. Popular Fiction
20. Historical Fiction
21. Mystery/Suspense
22. Poetry/Literary Criticism
23. LGBT
24. Health & Fitness
25. History
26. Home & Garden
27. Humor
28. Inspirational
29. Multicultural
30. Nature & Environment
31. Parenting & Family Issues
32. Political/Current Events
33. Professional/Technical
34. Psychology
35. Reference/Directories
36. Regional
37. Religion
38. Science
39. Self-Help
40. Sports & Recreation
41. Travel

DESIGN AND OTHER AWARDS

42. Cover Design: Small Format: Fiction (6” x 9” or smaller)
43. Cover Design: Small Format: Nonfiction (6” x 9” or smaller)
44. Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 6” x 9”)
45. Cover Design: Children’s/Young Adult
46. Interior Design: 1–2 color
47. Interior Design: 3 or more color: Adult
48. Interior Design: 3 or more color: Children’s/Young Adult
49. Most Improved Redesign (send copies of before and after book)
50. Best New Voice: Fiction (first book by a new author)
51. Best New Voice: Nonfiction (first book by a new author)
52. Best New Voice: Children's/Young Adult (first book by a new author)
53. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction (initial title from a new publisher)
54. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction (initial title from a new publisher)
55. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/Young Adult (initial title from a new publisher)


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ENTRY LABEL

PLEASE NOTE: THE ENTRY LABEL MUST BE INCLUDED WITH EACH BOOK YOU SUBMIT

Duplicate it as often as necessary. Insert the entry label inside the front cover of each book submitted (if you enter one book in one category, you must insert this entry label into each of the four books you send).

Please be sure that you have completely filled in the entry label and entered the title in the most appropriate category.


DYNAMIC INTERACTIVE PDF ENTRY LABEL ONLY (209KB)

Here you can download a Interactive PDF Entry Label only for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 26th Annual 2014 Book Publishers Awards Celebration that you can fill in on your computer.



BROCHURE WITH ENTRY LABEL (2.24 MB)

Here you can download a PDF of the 2014 IBPA - BFA Brochure with Interactive Entry Label for the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards 26th Annual 2014 Book Publishers Awards Celebration with all the categories listed.



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> Download a PDF of the interactive entry label (209KB)

> Download a PDF of the brochure with interactive entry label (2.24MB)

BFA 2012

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in book publishing is regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers.

BFA Winner gold seal

One winner in each category receives gold seals for their books and marketing materials.

BFA Finalist silver seal

Two winners in each category receive silver seals for their books and marketing materials.