Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Regarded as one of the highest honors in independent and self-publishing
Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, which include over fifty categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent and self publishing.
Now taking submissions for the 28th annual program. Visit the official website for more information.
The award is administered by IBPA, with the help of more than 150 book publishing professionals coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments. The Benjamin Franklin Awards program is unique in that the actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers.
“Thank you so much for this feedback. It is absolutely wonderful. We paid attention last year and made changes in our approach for our new release coming out in September. It was interesting to see some of same criticism voiced here and know that we have already addressed it.
Thank you to everyone at IBPA. This is a terrific bonus to participating in the Benjamin Franklin Awards.”
— Lorii Myers, Author, 3 Off the Tee: Make It Happen
One Gold and two Silver award winners are determined in each category. During a special awards ceremony held in conjunction with IBPA’s Publishing University in April 2016, all Gold winners will receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.
In addition, all winners receive:
- Two tickets to the special awards ceremony recognizing all of the award winners.
- A personalized award certiﬁcate.
- Special award stickers to afﬁx to the winning books.
- Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the homepage of the IBPA website.
- Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
- Announcement to major trade journals (including PW and Shelf-Awareness), to select public libraries, through all IBPA social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, the IBPA Blog, and more.
To assist the judges and to ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two Calls for Entry: one in September 2015 and one in December 2015.
FIRST CALL – SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2015
SECOND CALL – DECEMBER 15, 2015
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2015
Previous Winners and Finalists
2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Finalists
2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2013 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2012 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2010 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2009 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2008 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists
2006 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners and Finalists