Fifty-four Gold and over one hundred Silver winners were announced during a gala awards ceremony on April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Ilinois.
(Manhattan Beach, CA – April 11, 2019) -- The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) – www.ibpa-online.org – has announced Gold and Silver winners in its prestigious IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, recognizing excellence and innovation in independent publishing.
Winners were recognized during an awards ceremony held April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois where one Gold winner in each of fifty-four categories was named. The remaining finalists in each category become Silver winners.
The full list of winners in all fifty-four categories is available here.
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During the April 5, 2019 ceremony, Gold winners of an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ were invited to the stage to receive a trophy and share a few words with the audience. Here, Katura J. Hudson (l.) accepts the award for Just Us Books' I'M A BIG SISTER NOW from IBPA CEO Angela Bole (r.). I'M A BIG SISTER NOW won Gold in the "Children's Picture Book (4-7 Years)" category.
"The mission of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is simple: to recognize excellence and innovation in independent publishing," said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. "Unlike many other award programs, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program demands both editorial and design excellence and entrants are judged independently on both."
This year, over 160 librarians, booksellers, and design and editorial experts – most of whom have decades of book industry experience – judged the books submitted to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. The judging process took seven months, beginning in September 2018 and continuing into March 2019. At the end of the process, over 1,500 unique entrants will receive a written critique from each of the three judges who reviewed their book. The critiques include constructive feedback to help each publisher understand how their book is being perceived by industry professionals, upholding part of IBPA’s mission to serve the independent publishing community through education.
This level of detail has helped the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program remain one of the highest national honors for independent publishers for over 30 years. "When our awards program started,” said IBPA COO Terry Nathan, "we were one of the only ones around. Since then, many other programs have come and gone, but we are proud that our awards continue to do what they did when IBPA started, and that is to help our members improve their publishing programs."
The call for entries into the 32nd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program (for books with a copyright date of 2019) will open in late April 2019. Visit ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com to learn more.
Watch what happened at the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ ceremony in Austin, Texas. A video showcasing the 2019 ceremony in Chicago, Illinois will be available in late April 2019.
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 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the US. 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 ibpa-online.org.
About the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ Program
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 160 publishing professionals, including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, and editors. All entrants receive direct feedback from the judges which is sure to help guide future publications. For more information, visit ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com