Eric Hoffer  
for Short Prose & Independent Books


Welcome to the Eric Hoffer Award


[July 13, 2015] 2016 Hoffer Prose Award Short-List: The 2016 Eric Hoffer Prose Award short-listed stories have been announced.

[May 11, 2015] 2015 Book Award Results: The 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award results have been announced.

[May 4, 2015] Grand Prize Short List: The 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award grand prize short list has been announced.

[April 27, 2015] Montaigne Medal Winners: The Montaigne Medal winners are announced for most thought-provoking books.

[April 23, 2015] Montaigne Medal Finalists: The Montaigne Medal finalists are announced for most thought-provoking books.

[April 20, 2015] da Vinci Eye Winners: The da Vinci Eye winners are announced for the best book covers.

[April 17, 2015] da Vinci Eye Finalists: The da Vinci Eye finalists are announced for the best book covers.

[April 13, 2015] First Horizon Winners: The First Horizon Award winners are announced for the best first books.

[April 5, 2015] First Horizon Finalists: The First Horizon Award finalists are announced for the best first books.

[March 25, 2015] Award Schedule: The 2015 award announcement schedule has been posted.

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

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

The Eric Hoffer Award for books and short prose honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Eric Hoffer Book Award has become one of the largest international awards for small, academic, and independent presses.


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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