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Call for 33rd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Award Judges Closes August 31st

Wednesday, July 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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An Open Call To The Independent Publishing Community
The 33rd annual program includes 56 categories, with 3 or 4 finalists selected in each.

(Manhattan Beach, CA - July 29, 2020) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is looking for book industry professional with the credentials to serve as judges for the 33rd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, the most prestigious book awards program available to independent publishers and author publishers.

Interested professionals should cick here for the online application. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2020.

Over 165 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts – most with decades of book industry experience – will be selected to judge the books submitted with a copyright date of 2020. The judging process will take close to six months, beginning in September and continuing into March 2021.

“Each year we receive close to 1,700 entries, and each book is judged by three book professionals,” said IBPA chief operations officer Terry Nathan. “We cherish our judges and appreciate every ounce of effort they invest to make this program happen. These are hard working professionals, people who have reached a point in their careers where they want to give back to the industry they’ve grown to love. And one of the best parts of this program is learning that many of the judges get more out of this program than they give. As one judge told me this year,...

'I do enjoy being part of something that keeps writers writing, publishers publishing, and readers reading!'

IBPA has opened the call for judges capable of judging print books, graphic novels, audiobooks....or all three! The deadline to apply to be a judge is Friday, August 31, 2020, and applications are being accepted here.

For more information, contact IBPA chief operations officer Terry Nathan at For ongoing IBPA news, visit IBPA's online newsroom.

About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,500 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the U.S. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry. For more information, visit

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