WHO CAN ENTER
Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2017 may enter the current competition. There are two deadlines for entry. Usually, books published between January 2017 and August 2017 are entered into the First Call and books published between September 2017 and December 2017 are entered into the Second Call. That said, as long as the book has a copyright date of 2017, it will be accepted within either deadline. Books with a copyright date of 2016 will not be considered and books with a copyright date of 2018 will be moved into next year’s competition.
If you have an eBook you would like to enter, please see our IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards program.
WHAT TO EXPECT
One Gold and at least two Silver award winners are determined in each category. 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. 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 2016 are archived here on this IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website. In addition, winners from 2001 through 2016 are archived on the IBPA Online website.
FIRST CALL—DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2017
SECOND CALL—DEADLINE: 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 and/or design and interested in giving back to your community as a judge in the 30th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application.
Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by July 15, 2017 to be considered. Previous and perspective judges must both apply.
THE 2018 IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ DINNER CEREMONY
Held in conjunction with the IBPA Publishing University (April 6-7, 2018 in Austin, Texas), the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy marking their achievement. In mid-March 2018, 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 $50.
We look forward to recognizing and cheering on the publishers who set the standards of excellence within the publishing community. We hope you’ll join us!
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Austin, Texas (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.