WHO CAN ENTER
Publishers of print books and audiobooks with a copyright date of 2018 may enter the current competition. There are two deadlines for entry (September 30, 2018 and December 15, 2018). Usually, books published between January 2018 and August 2018 are entered into the First Call and books published between September 2018 and December 2018 are entered into the Second Call. That said, as long as the book has a copyright date of 2018, it will be accepted within either deadline. Books with a copyright date of 2017 will not be considered and books with a copyright date of 2019 will be moved into next year’s competition.
Download the 31st annual Call for Entries for more information.
FIRST CALL—DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2018
SECOND CALL—DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2018
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2018
WHAT TO EXPECT
One Gold and at least two Silver award winners are determined in each category. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is 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 2018 are archived here on this IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2016 are archived on the IBPA Online website.
IBPA IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED BOOK AWARD 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 the 31th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application.
Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by Friday, August 17, 2018 to be considered. Previous and perspective judges must both apply.
JOIN US APRIL 5, 2019 FOR THE 31TH ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM AWARD CEREMONY
Join IBPA as we honor the winners of our 31th 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 5, 2019 in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University, the 2019 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement. A specific location for the ceremony and IBPA Publishing University is being finalized, but we’re certain to be east of Texas in the USA.
All category finalists and IBPA Publishing University registrants 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 6, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: TBA (part of IBPA Publishing University)
PICTURED BELOW: THE 2014 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS CEREMONY IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK. CLICK AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT.