10 09 2021

SMALL PRESSES  * ACADEMIC PRESSES  * MICRO PRESSES  *  SELF-PUBLISHERS — $2,500 GRAND PRIZE — LOW ENTRANCE FEE: discount $60 early registration postmarked by 12/14 ($70 after)

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New or old, we want to read your book. … Each year, independent publishers release extraordinary books to little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in publishing. A SINGLE REGISTRATION gives you SEVEN WAYS TO WIN by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, the Medal Provocateur (for poetry), and the Hoffer grand prize. There is a category for every book. (See submission guidelines below or check our listing in Writer’s Market or visit E-books and chapbooks also accepted.

          * $2,500 GRAND PRIZE *
          * Low Entrance Fee: $60 early registration by 12/14 *
          * Many Categories (see below) *
          * E-BOOK categories for fiction and nonfiction *
             & ROMANCE categories *
          * CHAPBOOK category at a reduced rate: $45 *
          * New  MEDAL PROVOCATEUR for the best on the frontier of poetry *

* $2,500 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers
* Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors
* Winner of the Medal Provocateur for experimental poetry
* Winner and First Runner-Up awarded for every category
* Honorable Mentions for every category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Coverage in The US Review of Books ( and on
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure

Categories include Art, Poetry, Chapbook, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Middle Reader, Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Crime, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Short Story/Anthology, Spiritual Fiction, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help, Spiritual Nonfiction, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction. (There is a category for every book.)

In this tough economic time, your book is always a great value, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award is the most economical way to achieve publicity and recognition. Read Hoffer Award success stories ( Read previous contest coverage in the US Review of Books ( and view past winners and press releases at

Internet payment for entrance fee accepted. (visit


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2022):

     AWARDS ARE OPEN to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the LEGACY FICTION or LEGACY NONFICTION category.)

     AWARDS/PRIZES: One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by CATEGORY and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.

     FOR EACH ENTRY, submit the book, entry form, and registration fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt: $60 early registration postmarked by 12/14 ($70 after) to Hopewell Publications, LLC, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. In May, all entrants will be notified of winners. Final submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2022.

     JUDGES may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Note: Contest closed to the staff of Hopewell Publications and previous WNBA winning entries. At the low entrance fee, it is not feasible to provide judge’s critiques for each entry.

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):
You may also visit and click on the “Nominate” link.

Book Information

Category (see below):

Press Designation (check only one; see description below):
Self-Published __    Micro __    Small __    Academic __

Author Debut?  Yes __  No __ (select Yes if author’s first book)

Contact Information




AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

* ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry.
* CHAPBOOK: books 40 pages or less, with typically some form of saddle stitch binding and/or artistic assembly. (Qualifies for special registration fee.)
* CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books.
* MIDDLE READER: Titles for pre-teen audience, including chapter books.
* POETRY: titles with poetry or highly stylized prose.
* YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.

* COMMERCIAL: genre specific fiction, including thriller, suspense, religious, romance, and horror.
* GENERAL: non-genre specific fiction, including literary and mainstream.
* HISTORICAL: titles involving historical fiction.
* MYSTERY/CRIME: titles involving mystery, crime, and true crime.
* ROMANCE: titles in the romance genre.
* SCI-FI/FANTASY: titles within science fiction and fantasy.
* SHORT STORY/ANTHOLOGY: titles involving short story collections and anthologies.
* SPIRITUAL: novels involving the religious and spiritual genres.

* BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet.
* CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including true story, essay, multicultural, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events.
* HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
* HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets.
* MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience.
* REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including but not exclusive to history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, fashion, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to.
* SELF-HELP: titles involving traditional and emerging self-help subjects.
* SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical.

* FICTION: any fiction titles published in e-book format.
* NONFICTION: any nonfiction titles published in e-book format.

* FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age.
* NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age.
(Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)

INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one; in addition to category):

In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application.

* SELF-PUBLISHED – books financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
* MICRO PRESS – books from a press producing 24 titles or less per year.
* SMALL PRESS – books from a press producing 25 titles or more per year.
* ACADEMIC PRESS – books from a press with an academic or library affiliation.


All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following:
* MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s).
* DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art.
* FIRST HORIZON AWARD ¬– superior books by debut authors.

If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description at, and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation. Category designations may be reassigned to better suit the submission. Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. After the contest, books will be donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate, which are fine places to promote your book!


Fax: (609) 964-1718
The Eric Hoffer Awards
PO Box 11
Titusville, NJ 08560

Please be patient. We receive many inquiries this time of year. We will help you.

     Every registration for the Eric Hoffer Book Award is treated exactly the same. No registration gets preferential treatment over another or automatic finalist consideration. We are aware that certain book marketers offer preferred registrations under a host of names and at inflated rates as high as %800 or more above our standard registration fees. These marketers will simply register your book like every other book at our standard registration fee, and your book will be considered in the exact same fashion as every other. The Eric Hoffer Book Award never phones or e-mails with aggressive marketing campaigns and promises. These are typically outfits illegally using our trademark without permission and seeking large profits as those mentioned above.
     We want to help you. The Eric Hoffer Book Award is primarily run by volunteers to help readers, writers, and independent publishers. We thought you would be interested in this unique opportunity to promote your book(s). Your e-mail is never sold or transferred. Only three notices are sent annually.
     If you no longer want this annual notification, please use the easy unsubscribe link below. Be certain to use the e-mail address to which this message was sent; otherwise we cannot remove you from our list. Thank you!!!!

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Link for the morning session will be provided in a separate email sent out Friday evening, July 9th, between 8:45 and 9 PM. If you are a current BAIPA member OR you have pre-registered and do not receive that email, please reach out to Info and to Register
BAIPA MEMBERS: ALL CURRENT MEMBERS will receive the Zoom info for the morning session automatically on Friday evening. There is no afternoon workshop in July. AND everyone who registered for the morning session will also get the Zoom information for those events on Friday evening, between 8:30 and 9 PM Pacific.The best way to ensure that you will get your Zoom link in a timely manner is to either be a current member of BAIPA or pre-register by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 9th. Thanks! How Much?$20 for non-members for the morning session. If you are a member of BAIPA, there is no charge for the morning session.
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