About the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Program

Celebrating excellence in independent book publishing for over 30 years

Since 1983, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association of independent publishers, has been a leader in member advocacy, education, and tools for success. Over this time, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ for excellence in book publishing has become one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands a publisher’s marketability and solidifies its credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.

 

32nd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Call for Entries Now Available

All print and audiobooks with a copyright date of 2019 are eligible for the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. Download the 32nd annual call for entries for more information. Complete eligibility details are available here; the deadlines for entry are below. Questions? Contact IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan at terry@ibpa-online.org.

FIRST CALL FOR ENTRIES: MAY 1, 2019 THRU SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2019

SECOND CALL FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 1, 2019 THRU DECEMBER 15, 2019
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2019

 

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Join IBPA April 3, 2020 at the 32nd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Ceremony

Join IBPA as we honor the winners of our 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program! The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, which includes 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 3, 2020 in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University in Redondo Beach, California, the 2020 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy for their achievement.

All category finalists receive a complimentary ticket to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ ceremony on a first come, first served basis until tickets sell out. Email IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan at terry@ibpa-online.org for more information.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach And Marina, 300 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

 

IBPA is Looking for Qualified Book Award Judges

Are you an expert in the field of book editorial or design and interested in serving as a judge for the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application. Complete this year’s call for judges application by Friday, August 31, 2019 to be considered. Previous and prospective judges must both apply.

 

Are You Ready to Enter a Professional Book Award Competition?

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program accepts books published using all business models: traditional, self, hybrid, etc. Regardless of the business model used to produce the book, however, it’s important that the end product meets professional publishing standards.

Prior to entering the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, prospective entrants are encouraged to refer to IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book for a 2-page checklist of items necessary for the professional presentation of any book.