Eric Hoffer Book Award - for Small, Academic, & Independent Books

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Anyone (including the author) can nominate one or more books for the Eric Hoffer Award. Nomination is accomplished by registering a book within a category by our annual deadline. A single category registration qualifies a book for the grand prize, press distinction, category prizes, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. A book must be from an academic press, small press, micro press, or self-published author. Printed, e-books, and chapbooks are accepted. For each category registration, submit one book, the registration form, and the registration fee. You may pay the registration fee in U.S. dollars by either check, money order, or credit card. Our on-line registration payment allows for credit card payments, as well as easy currency conversion and other options.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a book to the Hoffer Award?
What is the annual registration deadline?
Why should a book be nominated for the Hoffer Award?
What can be nominated for a Hoffer Book Award?
What are the Hoffer Book Award prizes?
How are books nominated for a Hoffer Award?
Why is there an entrance fee for the book awards?
How can I register by credit card?
Can the same book enter multiple categories?
Does a book series count as a single entry?
Can e-books be nominated for the Hoffer Award?
Can chapbooks be nominated for the Hoffer Award?
Can international (non-U.S.) books enter?
What are the Hoffer Book Award categories?
What are the Hoffer Book Award press designations?
Where are the winners listed?
Where are the finalists listed?
What is the Hoffer Award Short List?
When are the Hoffer Awards announced?
How is the Hoffer Book Award judged?
How do I become a Hoffer Judge?
Can I donate to the Eric Hoffer Book Award?

 

How do I submit a book to the Hoffer Award?

For each nomination, submit the book, registration form, and registration fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to Hopewell Publications, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify award category and press designation. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21 of the award year. (See more details about our annual deadline.) All registrations must be completed by January 31. NOTE: If submitting at deadline, please use expedited methods of delivery. Do not use USPS Media Rate or slower delivery methods to ship your book.

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What is the annual registration deadline?

The Eric Hoffer Award uses a two-year sliding window for regular category entry. Since our registration desk remains open all year long, January 21 is the official registration cutoff date for all books either published or copyrighted in the prior two years. Books published before this two-year window may enter either the Legacy Fiction category or Legacy Nonfiction category.

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Why should a book be nominated for the Hoffer Award?

The Eric Hoffer Award exists as a platform to honor independent books of exceptional merit. (Please read our mission statement.) Since its inception, the Eric Hoffer Award has grown in prominence each year. Multiple books in many categories and various press types are given prizes, "Hoffer" honors, and worldwide media exposure. The book awards are covered in the US Review of Books. Finally, award recognition is an excellent point-of-sale marketing tool. See Eric Hoffer Award success stories.

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What can be nominated for a Hoffer Book Award?

The Eric Hoffer Award is open to academic, small, and independent presses, as well self-published books, that were released or copyrighted within the last 2 years, including unique small print run books. Books more than 2 years from its copyright date can enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category. Yes, you can nominate your own work. NOTE: Award is closed to the staff of Hopewell Publications and previous Eric Hoffer Award winning book entries.

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What are the Hoffer Book Award prizes?

One grand prize will be awarded annually. Each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Individual press type honors will also be awarded. The Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award will be awarded from the entire judging pool. Each book is registered by category and then automatically considered for the grand prize, category honors, press type honors, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. See Eric Hoffer Award success stories.

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How are books nominated for a Hoffer Award?

Anyone (including the author) can submit one or more books for an Eric Hoffer Award. For each category nomination, submit the book, registration form, and $55 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to Hopewell Publications, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify the award category and press designation on the form. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21 of the award year. Registration is open all year round. All registrations must be completed by January 31. NOTE: If submitting at deadline, please use expedited methods of delivery. Do not use USPS Media Rate or slower delivery methods to ship your book. At the low entrance fee, it is not feasible to provide judge’s critiques for each entry. After the contest, books are donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate, which are fine places to promote the book!

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Why is there an entrance fee for the book awards?

The nominal fee helps the Eric Hoffer Award retain its independence and honesty. Judging the Eric Hoffer Award is a large challenge, undertaken by a volunteer staff and involving significant funds to promote and execute with integrity. See Eric Hoffer Award success stories.

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Can the same book enter multiple categories?

The same book may be entered into more than one category. Each category nomination requires a separate book registration, which includes the book, registration form, and registration fee.

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Does a book series count as a single entry?

When registering a book series, the number of volumes and the overall page count is taken into consideration. To obtain the proper registration fee for your book series, please contact us prior to submission.

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Can e-books be nominated for the Hoffer Award?

The Eric Hoffer Award accepts e-books in two distinct categories: fiction and nonfiction. Please see our e-book registration instructions.

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Can chapbooks be nominated for the Hoffer Award?

The Eric Hoffer Award accepts chapbooks at a reduced entrance fee. Please see our category description below for details.

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Can international (non-U.S.) books enter the contest?

International books may enter the Eric Hoffer Award judging as long as the book is primarily written in English. Each year, international books win prizes and distinctions. Some have won the grand prize. For registration payment, non-US dollar currency will be automatically converted from your native currency by using our on-line payment system.

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What are the Hoffer Book Award categories?

The Eric Hoffer Award book categories were designed to cover every type of book. If you don’t see your category below, please contact us with a description, and we’ll let you know where it fits. A great book will supersede any category designation. Category designations may be reassigned to better suit the nomination.

Category
Description
Art
Books capturing the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, design, photography, and coffee table books.
Poetry
Books with poetry or highly stylized prose.
Chapbook
Books with 40 pages or less, with typically some form of saddle stitch binding and/or artistic assembly. Qualifies for special registration fee. NOTE: Not all small books are chapbooks and may be re-categorized by the judges.
General Fiction
Non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, plays, and mainstream.
Commercial Fiction
Genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, humor, and horror; also commercial short collections and graphic art novels.
Children
Books for young children, including stories and picture books.
Young Adult
Books aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.
Culture
Books (nonfiction) demonstrating the human or world experience, including true story, essay, multicultural, women’s issues, sexuality, travel, sports, true crimae, social commentary, nonfiction humor, and current events.
Memoir
Books capturing specific personal experience.
Business
Books with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, finance, computer, and the Internet.
Reference
(& How-to)
Books from traditional and emerging reference areas, including but exclusive to history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, fashion, sports, recreation, training, travel, technical/hobby guide, and how-to.
Home
Books with practical applications to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, games, animals, pets, and home-related crafts.
Health
Books promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
Self-Help
Books involving traditional and emerging self-help topics.
Spiritual
Books involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical.
Legacy Fiction
Any fiction books and prose writing, including poetry, over two years of age. (Unlike many in the industry, we think good books last more than a single season.)
Legacy Nonfiction
Any nonfiction books, including creative nonfiction, over two years of age. (Unlike many in the industry, we think good books last more than a single season.)
E-book Fiction
Any fiction books published in e-book format. (See registration instructions.)
E-book Nonfiction
Any nonfiction books published in e-book format. (See registration instructions.)

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What are the Hoffer Book Award press designations?

In addition to the category and grand prize distinctions, the Eric Hoffer Award seeks additional honors by press type. Press types are based on size, output, and affiliation.

Press Type
Description
Self-Published
Books financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
Micro
Books from a press producing 24 titles or less per year.
Small
Books from a press producing 25 titles or more per year.
Academic
Books from a press with an educational institution affiliation, such as a college, library, or museum.

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Where are the winners listed?

The Eric Hoffer Book Award, Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award winners are listed on separate pages.

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Where are the finalists listed?

The Eric Hoffer Book Award, Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award finalists are listed on separate pages.

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What is the Hoffer Award Short List?

As the annual judging draws to a close, a small set of grand prize award finalists is announced. This small list or "short list" of finalists is an honored distinction of its own and is announced publicly during the spring of each award year.

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When are the Hoffer Awards announced?

Announcement of the Eric Hoffer Award short list and prizewinners are public events. All nominees will be notified of award winners in Apri/May of the award year. (Entrants are sent an award schedule as the time approaches.) Registrants will be notified by the e-mail specified on their registration form. After the contest, printed books will be donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate, which are fine places to promote the books!

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How is the Hoffer Award judged?

The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books is judged by book category. After the category judging is tabulated, books are brought forward for the grand prize and various press distinctions. During the judging process, books are nominated for the Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award. Category judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. The Eric Hoffer Award takes on new judges as needed.

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Can I donate to the Eric Hoffer Book Award?

The Eric Hoffer Book Award is a large annual financial undertaking that coordinates over one hundred volunteers and ships over one thousand books. Donations help keep the entrance fee low for all small, academic, and independent press authors.

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