August 2008
by Terry Nathan

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by Terry Nathan

Executive Director

Why Let the Big Guys In? The Awards Eligibility Issue

The end of this month is the first deadline for entries in our 21st Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards™ (see the Call for Entries insert in this issue). This deadline is for books published between January 1, 2008, and now. The next deadline—December 31—will be for books published during the remainder of the year. Having two deadlines helps our judges complete their monumental task. Last year, they dealt with more than 1,800 entries, including some of the best books I have ever seen.

Several members have asked me to address a controversy that crops up every year about who is eligible for the awards. In my opinion, our eligibility policy is a primary reason that our awards stand out from the rest. In addition, I believe it helps our members get better at the business of publishing.

But let’s start with a little background.

The Controversy

The Benjamin Franklin Awards program is among the most prestigious in the industry, and one of the reasons for that is this: Any publisher may enter, large or small. We do not discriminate among publishers….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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