The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.
The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books.
Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st.
If you are ready to register for an Eric Hoffer Award, please use one of the easy procedures or forms below:
Book Submission Form Prose Nomination Page
Follow the Eric Hoffer Award on Facebook and Twitter. Followers are the first to see results.
Become a Book Award Judge