IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS™ CEREMONY

The 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation was a great success. Congratulations to all the Gold and Silver Winners!
To see a list of the 2014 Winners, click here.

Presentation of 2014 Awards


We will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 awards program in July 2014.

New information about the 2015 awards program will be available on this website as soon as possible.


Angela Bole
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Deltina Hay
BOARD CHAIR

Brochure Cover

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PHILOSOPHY

"When we first began the awards, it was both to honor the publishers who produce quality titles and to teach publishers how they can compete in the world of book publishing. We recognize that when people purchase a product they do not purchase it because a specific named publisher publishes it, they purchase a book because it fulfills a need and is well designed and edited. Each and every day all houses compete for shelf space and consumer recognition. By providing feedback on your entries into the awards, you hear what the buyers and reviewers think about your product and learn that you can compete. Sometimes the major houses do win. Other times, the smaller publishers win out because they do a better job and provide a better product.

As you can see by the wording of our awards, it is open to all. We decided to parallel the universe of book publishing that doesn't discriminate between large and small."

— Jan Nathan, Founder, IBPA

2013 BFA trophy

2013 BFA trophy for Bill Fisher Best First Book Non-Fiction Award
Published by Billyfish Books – photo courtesy of Tammie Stevens

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ELIGIBILITY AND DEADLINES

Please check back for upcoming information on the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition.

BFA gold winner sealBFA silver finalist seal

CONTACT INFO
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 204 • Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Tel: 310/546-1818 • Fax: 310/546-3939
info@ibpa-online.org
www.ibpa-online.org

 

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GUIDELINES

JUDGING CRITERIA
Each entry will be judged by three independent judges. Each judge will have either a design focus or an editorial focus. Most entries are assigned two editorial judges and one design judge. Some entries, however, like those in the "Interior Design" category, will be assigned only design judges and some entries, like those in the "Best New Voices" category, will be assigned only editorial judges.

pdf Click here for a look at the general criteria for editorial.

pdf Click here for a look at the general criteria for design.

If you'd like copies of the official judging forms for your category, please contact Patti Grasso at patti@ibpa-online.org. and specify the category of judging forms you would like.

IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARDS
Independent Book Publishers Association
1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Telephone: 310/546-1818
Fax: 310/546-3939

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CATEGORIES

Titles are judged for both design and editorial content. Special Note: Children’s Picture Books are only eligible in categories that have “Children’s” in the name. Children’s categories are 8, 9, 45, 48, 52, and 55.

BOOK AWARDS

1. Animals/Pets
2. Art/Photography
3. Autobiography/Memoirs
4. Biography
5. Body, Mind & Spirit
6. Business & Economics
7. Career
8. Children’s Picture Book
9. Children’s Book & Audiobook Set
10. Young Reader: Fiction (8–12 years)
11. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8–12 years)
12. Teen: Fiction (13–18 years)
13. Teen: Nonfiction (13–18 years)
14. Coffee Table Books
15. Cookbooks
16. Crafts/Hobby/How-To
17. Education
18. Gift Books
19. Popular Fiction
20. Historical Fiction
21. Mystery/Suspense
22. Poetry/Literary Criticism
23. LGBT
24. Health & Fitness
25. History
26. Home & Garden
27. Humor
28. Inspirational
29. Multicultural
30. Nature & Environment
31. Parenting & Family Issues
32. Political/Current Events
33. Professional/Technical
34. Psychology
35. Reference/Directories
36. Regional
37. Religion
38. Science
39. Self-Help
40. Sports & Recreation
41. Travel

DESIGN AND OTHER AWARDS

42. Cover Design: Small Format: Fiction (6” x 9” or smaller)
43. Cover Design: Small Format: Nonfiction (6” x 9” or smaller)
44. Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 6” x 9”)
45. Cover Design: Children’s/Young Adult
46. Interior Design: 1–2 color
47. Interior Design: 3 or more color: Adult
48. Interior Design: 3 or more color: Children’s/Young Adult
49. Most Improved Redesign (send copies of before and after book)
50. Best New Voice: Fiction (first book by a new author)
51. Best New Voice: Nonfiction (first book by a new author)
52. Best New Voice: Children's/Young Adult (first book by a new author)
53. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction (initial title from a new publisher)
54. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction (initial title from a new publisher)
55. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/Young Adult (initial title from a new publisher)


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ENTRY LABEL

Please check back for more instructions to come.



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BFA 2012

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in book publishing is regarded as one of the highest national honors for small and independent publishers.

BFA Winner gold seal

One winner in each category receives gold seals for their books and marketing materials.

BFA Finalist silver seal

Two winners in each category receive silver seals for their books and marketing materials.