The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program is a members-only program. As such, anyone submitting a book for consideration must also be an active member of IBPA. This requirement is reflected in the entry fees below.

IBPA member – $95 per title/per category
Non-IBPA member – $95 per title/per category, plus $130 for the annual IBPA membership fee

Payable to IBPA by check or by VISA, MasterCard, AMEX


Each entry will be judged by three independent judges. Each judge will have either a design focus or an editorial focus (for print books) or a performance or an editorial focus (for audiobooks). Most entries are assigned two editorial judges and one design or performance judge. Some print book entries, however, like those in the “Interior Design” category, will be assigned only design judges and some print book entries, like those in the “Best New Voices” category, will be assigned only editorial judges. Below you will find complete judging forms for all categories.

Editorial (General)Editorial (Fiction)Editorial (Poetry)
Design (General)Design (Interior)Design (Cover)
Best New Voice (Children’s/YA)Best New Voice (Nonfiction)Best New Voice (Fiction)
Best First BookAudio Book


Submit four (4) copies of each title for the initial category entered into print book categories. If you are entering the same title in multiple categories, you need to submit three (3) additional booksfor each additional category entered. Example: If you enter the same title in Categories 8 and 54, a total of seven (7) books should be sent with the entry.

Insert the entry label on page 4 of the Call for Entries inside the front cover of each print 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.

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. 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.

Here is the shipping adddress:

Independent Book Publishers Association
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Telephone: (310) 546-1818

Please note: Books entered into the program will not be returned to you.


For the audiobook categories, please send completed entry label on page 4 of the Call for Entries with the appropriate fees to the IBPA office and upload one copy of your MP3 file(s) to bit.ly/BFA2018MP3.