Eric Hoffer  
for Short Prose & Independent Books


Welcome to the Eric Hoffer Award


[February 4, 2015] Message for 2015 Award Year: A message for 2015 registrants has been posted.

[Sep 2, 2014] Eric Hoffer Prose Award Results: The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Results announced.

[May 12, 2014] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: The Eric Hoffer Book Award Results announced.

[May 5, 2014] Grand Prize Short List: The Eric Hoffer Book Award Short List announced.

[April 28, 2014] Montaigne Medal Winners: The Montaigne Medal winners announced.

[April 21, 2014] da Vinci Eye Winners: The da Vinci Eye Winners announced.

[April 14, 2014] First Horizon Award Winners: First Horizon Award Winners announced.

[April 1, 2014] First Horizon Award Finalists: First Horizon Award Finalists announced.

[March 24, 2014] 2014 Award Schedule: The 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award schedule has been announced.

[March 7, 2014] Montaigne & da Vinci Finalists: Montaigne Medal Finalists and da Vinci Eye Finalists announced.

[September 14, 2013] Eric Hoffer Prose Award Winners: The 2014 Eric Hoffer Prose Award winners have been announced.

[December 17, 2007] Inside the Hoffer: Award Chairman Christopher Klim speaks with Library Juice.

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.


The Prizes
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 for the short prose and a $2,000 book 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


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