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CATEGORIES

All books entered into the current IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program must have a copyright date of 2021. Books with a copyright date of 2020 will not be considered. Books with a copyright date of 2022 will be held over for next year’s program. See "How to Enter" for entry deadlines and more information.

 

Children’s Picture Books are only eligible in categories 37, 38, 46, 48, 54, and 57.
Large Format Books (larger than 9” x 12”) are only eligible in categories 2, 6, 7, 8, 24, 25, 29, and 35.

PRINT BOOK AWARDS
 

  1. Animal & Pet

  2. Art & Photography

  3. Biography & Autobiography

  4. Body, Mind, & Spirit

  5. Business & Career

  6. Coffee Table Book

  7. Cookbook

  8. Craft, Hobby, Home, & Garden

  9. Education

  10. Fiction: General

  11. Fiction: Historical

  12. Fiction: Horror

  13. Fiction: Mystery & Thriller

  14. Fiction: Romance

  15. Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy

  16. Gift Book

  17. Graphic Novels

  18. Health & Fitness

  19. History

  20. Humor

  21. Inspirational

  22. LGBTQ+

  23. Memoir

  24. Multicultural

  25. Nature & Environment

  26. Parenting & Family

  27. Poetry
  28. Political & Current Events

  29. Professional & Technical

  30. Psychology

  31. Reference

  32. Regional

  33. Religion

  34. Self-Help

  35. Sports & Recreation

  36. Travel

37. Children’s Picture Book (0–3 years)

38. Children’s Picture Book (4–7 years)

39. Young Reader: Fiction (8–12 years)

40. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8–12 years)

41. Teen: Fiction (13–18 years)

42. Teen: Nonfiction (13–18 years)

DESIGN AND OTHER AWARDS
 

43. Cover Design: Fiction (9" x 12" or smaller)
44. Cover Design: Nonfiction (9" x 12" or smaller)
45. Cover Design: Large Format: (larger than 9" x 12")
46. Cover Design: Children’s/Young Adult
47. Interior Design
48. Interior Design: Children’s/Young Adult
49. Audiobook: Fiction*
50. Audiobook: Nonfiction*

51. Audiobook: Children's/Young Adult*
52. Best New Voice: Fiction (first book by a new author)
53. Best New Voice: Nonfiction (first book by a new author)
54. Best New Voice: Children’s/Young Adult (first book by a new author)

*For audiobooks, you must send three (3) Audible gift codes to Terry Nathan. If your audiobook is not available on Audible, please contact Terry Nathan for additional submission options before applying.

FEATURED AWARDS

The Bill Fisher Awards for Best First Book (initial titles from a new publishers)*

55. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction
56. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction
57. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/Young Adult

ABOUT BILL FISHER

Bill Fisher was a visionary in the world of independent publishing and integral in starting IBPA in the early 80s, when it was known as PMA (Publishers Marketing Association). In 1999, IBPA named its “Best First Book” awards in his honor shortly before he passed away. He was proud of the honor, and of being a publisher in the West. He was known for his spontaneity and fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants approach to life.

Bill began authoring and publishing books about hot rodding in the early 1950s. Several of his early titles are still in print today. In the 1960s, he continued publishing how-to books about performance cars through a company called HPBooks.

Bill experienced big success in 1975 when he launched Crockery Cookery, a title that was a #1 New York Times Bestseller list for thirteen weeks. The following year, the 250,000-copy release of Crepe Cookery brought new attention and both titles were #1 and #2 on the New York Times Paperback bestseller list. These bestselling titles went on to sell millions of copies each.

In the 1970s, Bill’s family-owned publishing company branched into photography, gardening, and cooking, producing some of the first trade paperback books in color. HPBooks was sold in 1979 to Knight Ridder Newspapers, resold to Price Stern Sloan, later sold again to Berkeley division of Putnam, and is now part of Penguin Random House.

Bill’s next venture was Fisher Books, launched in 1986 with his son Howard Fisher and featuring books for healthy living in the areas of women's and men's health, along with more books focused on cooking. Perseus Books bought Fisher Books in 2000, and the list now resides with Hachette.

Bill was the author of many automotive titles and publisher of hundreds more. Throughout his career, he insisted on finding new and different ways to approach book publishing, and continually gave back to the community. Bill always supported new and independent publishers and gave generously of his time and expertise in the field. He was a true entrepreneur in the publishing industry and a pioneer in the illustrated trade paperback category.

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