Self-Published Book Awards

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19 01 2023

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Inviting Books Published September to December 2022

12 10 2022
Now accepting books and audiobooks published September-December 2022 in 57 categoriesFinal deadline: December 15, 2022Dear C. Penny,If you have a book or audiobook published late this year, it’s definitely not too late to enter it for the 35th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™. In fact, the December 15 deadline is specially designed to accommodate your end-of-the-year books. So enter today!The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is the most widely recognized book award program dedicated to independent publishers. Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award is an endorsement of excellence and helps your book stand out. Who enters? Traditional publishers, author-publishers, hybrid publishers, academic presses, and nonprofit/association presses…as well as authors on behalf of their publisher.Who judges? Over 170 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors, judge the entries. The awards are unique in that entrants receive constructive feedback on their submissions; the actual judging forms are returned to all publishers.

When will winners be announced? Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at the Coronado Island Marriott, CA on May 5, 2023.Download the Call for Entries.Please see the FAQs below and, as always, let me know if you have questions. I look forward to receiving your entries and am happy to help.In partnership,Terry Nathan
Chief Operations Officer
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Phone: 310-546-1818
Email: terry@ibpa-online.orgAWARD CATEGORIES
Animal & Pet
Art & Photography
Audiobook: Children’s/YA
Audiobook: Fiction
Audiobook: Nonfiction
Best New Voice: Children’s/Young Adult
Best New Voice: Fiction
Best New Voice: Nonfiction
Biography & Autobiography
Body, Mind & Spirit
Business & Career
Children’s Picture Book (0-3 years)
Children’s Picture Book (4-7 years)
Coffee Table Book
Cover Design: Children’s/ YA
Cover Design: Fiction
Cover Design: Large Format
Cover Design: Nonfiction
Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
Fiction: Historical
Fiction: Horror
Fiction: Mystery & Thriller
Fiction: Romance
Fiction: SciFi & Fantasy
General Fiction
Gift Book
Graphic Novel
Health & Fitness
Interior Design
Interior Design: Children’s/ YA
Nature & Environment
Parenting & Family Issues
Political & Current Events
Professional & Technical
Sports & Recreation
Teen Fiction
Teen Nonfiction
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/Young Adult)
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)
Young Reader: Fiction
Young Reader: Nonfiction
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CALL FOR ENTRIESWatch the excitement of the 34th IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gala Dinner and Ceremony in San Diego this year.


8 07 2022

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30 06 2022
It’s Here! The 35th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Call for Entries!For all books and audiobooks with a copyright date of 2022.Dear C. Penny,A great story—well written—beautifully designed. Do you have a winning book in your hands? If so, get the recognition your book deserves through the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program.The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award is regarded as one of the highest honors in independent publishing.An award program exclusively recognizing independently published books and audiobooks.57 categories including fiction, nonfiction, children, design, new voices, and first time publishers. You can enter in multiple categories.Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Coronado Island, California (just outside of San Diego) on Friday, May 5, 2023.Enter anytime under two deadlines: September 30 (mostly for books published Jan-Sept 2022) and December 15 (mostly for books published Oct-Dec 2022).The awards are unique in that entrants receive constructive feedback on their submissions, with the actual judging forms returned to all publishers.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS YEAR’S CALL FOR ENTRIESWatch this video recap of the 34th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards’ gala dinner and ceremony, held on April 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Special thanks to Ingram Content Group for sponsoring the 35th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2023 as part of IBPA Publishing University at the Coronado Island Resort & Spa. Ingram provides publishers of all sizes the most comprehensive publishing and distribution solutions in the book industry. Click here to learn more.Frequently Asked Questions… What is the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program?The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is a book award program that, over the past 35 years, has been regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent publishing. The awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions: the verbatim judging forms are returned to all publishers.Who can enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program?Publishers of print and audiobooks books with a copyright date of 2022 may enter the current competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines for entry: the first on September 30, 2022, then on December 15, 2022.Can authors enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program on behalf of their publisher?Absolutely! This happens all the time.Where can I go for more information?Visit the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ website for further details. You can also email Terry Nathan at than 200 people attended the 34th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award gala dinner and ceremony on April 29, 2022 in Orlando, Florida to applaud the winners and hear their inspiring acceptance speeches.

Watch some of the acceptance speeches here, and prepare your speech for next year!
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25 05 2022

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