2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award Winners

 

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In addition to the grand prize, the Eric Hoffer Award identifies a winner, a runner-up, and honorable mentions within eighteen all-inclusive categories. Additional honors go to academic, small, micro, and self-published presses. The category finalists and the grand prize short list are further noted. Use the links below to discover great award-winning books. See the previous Eric Hoffer Book Award winners.

Grand Prize  
Eric Hoffer Award  
Short List  
   
Press Awards  
Academic Press  
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Category Finalists  
   
Category Prizes
Art
Chapbook
Children’s
Middle Reader
Poetry
Young Adult
Adult Fiction
Commercial Fiction
General Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mystery/Crime
Romance
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Short/Anthology
Spiritual Fiction
 
Nonfiction
Business
Culture
Health
Home
Memoir
Reference
Self-Help
Spiritual
E-Book
Fiction
Nonfiction
Legacy
Fiction
Nonfiction

 

 

GRAND PRIZE

2022 Winner:
* An Impossible Life, Rachael Siddoway & Sonja Wasden, The Gap Press

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ACADEMIC PRESS

2022 Winner:
* Careful Cartography, Devon Bohm, Cornerstone Press

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SMALL PRESS

2022 Winner:
* From the Caves, Thea Prieto, Red Hen Press

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MICRO PRESS

2022 Winner:
* This Distance We Call Love, Carol Dines, Orison Books

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SELF-PUBLISHED

2022 Winner:
* Jesus Speaking, Mike Lutz

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ART

2022 Winner:
* Imageries, Stephen M. Stolee (images), James Botsford (epigrams), Sandyhouse Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Claude Coats, Walt Disney's Imagineer, David A. Bossert, The Old Mill Press
Honorable Mentions:
* Evolve, Jean-Pierre Weill
* Geoethics, Ying Kit Chan, Old Stone Press
* The Art of Discovering Whales, Larry Foster, Whales Only Press

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CHAPBOOK

2022 Winner:
* A Sky Full of Wings, Ksenia Rychtycka, Finishing Line Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Slash/Slash, Amorak Huey & W. Todd Kaneko, Diode Editions
Honorable Mentions:
* Ad Spot, Daniel Lassell, Ethel Zine & Micro Press
* Prairie Madness, Katherine Hoerth, North Dakota State University Press
* What Kind of Seed Made You, Rachael Inciarte, Finishing Line Press

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CHILDREN’S

2022 Winner:
* Mighty Mila, Katie Petruzziello, Mighty Books
1st Runner-Up:
* The Big Day, Terry Lee Caruthers, Robert Casilla (illustrator), Star Bright Books
Honorable Mentions:
* Ada and the Helpers, Travis D. Peterson, Melissa Fischer (illustrator), Launch Mission Publishing
* Bravo Anjali, Sheetal Sheth, Mango and Marigold Press
* But I Don't Want to Say Goodbye!, Ta'Shay Mason, Tanya Colton-Cauley (illustrator), Belshay House
* Feelings and Me, Julie Dini, Little Seeds Press
* Happy Love Sprinkles, Maria DiCostanzo & Kim Messina, Moon Crumbs
* The Greatest Light, Tim & Cindy Morrison, WestBow Press

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MIDDLE READER

2022 Winner:
* The Mask, Clayton Marshall Adams, Rohan Daniel Eason (illustrator), CJ Sparrow Publication
1st Runner-Up:
* Relatively Normal Secrets, C.W. Allen, Cinnabar Moth Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* Desert Almond Farmer, Mary Kaye Godde Stamets, L&M Stamets
* Waiting to Forget, Sheila Kelly Welch, namelos

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POETRY

2022 Winner:
* Stone Roses, Linda Neal Reising, Kelsay Books
1st Runner-Up:
* Leap Thirty, Diane Lowell Wilder, June Road Press
Honorable Mentions:
* A Fine Yellow Dust, Laura Apol, Michigan State University Press
* Dead Dad Jokes, Ollie Schminkey, Button Poetry
* Dialogues with Rising Tides, Kelli Russell Agodon, Copper Canyon Press
* Junk Drawer, Michael P. Hill, Kelsay Books
* Mother/Land, Ananda Lima, Black Lawrence Press
* Resurrection Fail, John Wall Barger, Spuyten Duyvil Press
* Spirit in Form, Gail Russell
* Tender the River, Matt W. Miller, Texas Review Press
* These Few Seeds, Meghan Sterling, Terrapin Books
* Tortillera, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Texas Review Press
* Waiting for the Muse, Frances Laird, AuthorHouse

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YOUNG ADULT

2022 Winner:
* Sitting on Top of the World, Cheryl King, Purple Marble Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Foretold, Violet Lumani, Uproar Books
Honorable Mentions:
* High, Mary Sullivan, Fitzroy Books
* The Yonder, Donald Samson, Heidi Nisbett (illustrator), Star Trilogy Publishing
* Wardenclyffe, Lloyd Hall

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COMMERCIAL FICTION

2022 Winner:
* Face the Night, Alan Lastufka, Shortwave Media
1st Runner-Up:
* Island of Bones, Marta Sprout, Deep Blue Press
Honorable Mentions:
* After Happily Ever After, Leslie A. Rasmussen, She Writes Press
* Cassia, DC Mallery, Tesselesset Books
* Dirty Birds, Morgan Murray, Breakwater Books
* First Course, Jenn Bouchard, TouchPoint Press
* Loving Modigliani, Linda Lappin, Serving House Books
* Tessa's Heart, Jackie Lewis, Flying Horse on Fire Books

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GENERAL FICTION

2022 Winner:
* Paper Airplanes, Tabitha Forney, She Writes Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Not My Ruckus, Chad Musick, Cinnabar Moth Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* A Recipe for Daphne, Nektaria Anastasiadou, Hoopoe Fiction
* Ever Rest, Roz Morris
* Grudge Tiger, Judith Fournie Helms, Touch Point Press
* Pacific, Trevor J. Houser, Unsolicited Press
* Sparrows, Rose Betit
* River Current, M. Lee Martin, Compass Flower Press
* Still the Night Call, Joshua Senter, Roubidoux Press
* Valiente, A.G. Castillo, ArchwayPublishing

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HISTORICAL FICTION

2022 Winner:
* Signed, A Paddy, Lisa Boyle
1st Runner-Up:
* Beyond All Sense and Reason, Mike Diccicco, Mi-Bet Press
Honorable Mentions:
* A Leaf in Wind and Water, Jennifer Skutelsky, Trufflehouse Books
* Beneath the Veil of Smoke and Ash, Tammy Pasterick, She Writes Press
* It Happened in Silence, Karla M. Jay
* Word of Honor, Robert N. Macomber, United States Naval Institute Press

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MYSTERY/CRIME

2022 Winner:
* The Transaction, Guglielmo D'Izzia, Guernica Editions
1st Runner-Up:
* Ghost Daughter, Helen Currie Foster, Stuart's Creek Press
Honorable Mentions:
* Lies in Bone, Natalie Symons, Boyle & Dalton
* Mystery of Quercus Gardens, Patricia Hilliard, iUniverse
* The Dust That Danced, Ashley Cavuto, New Degree Press

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ROMANCE

2022 Winner:
* Pathway to Home, Pat Wahler, Evergreen Tree Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Inside the Grey, Bobbi Groover, Satin Romance
Honorable Mentions:
* In Due Time, Annette G. Anders
* The Refusal, Eve M. Riley, Snugrox Publishing

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SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

2022 Winner:
* Mississippi Missing, Laura Engelhardt
1st Runner-Up:
* Constellations of Scars, Melissa Eskue Ousley, Midnight Tide Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* Operation Grendel, Daniel Schwabauer, Enclave Publishing
* House of Bastiion, K.L. Kolarich, Rogue Kite Publishing

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SHORT STORY/ANTHOLOGY

2022 Winner:
* In the Event of Contact, Ethel Rohan, Dzanc Books
1st Runner-Up:
* Christmas in Idaho, Ray Downing, Studio Macbeth
Honorable Mentions:
* Cayo Hueso Literary Writings and Artwork, Vicki Riley, Beaver's Pond Press

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SPIRITUAL FICTION

2022 Winner:
* Into the Room, Steven Rogers, Elk Lake Publishing
1st Runner-Up:
* Created, Gregory A. Rogers, BBL Media & Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* The Jesus Nut, John Prather, Atmosphere Press
* Treebus and the Triplets, Pam Dabon, Xlibris

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BUSINESS

2022 Winner:
* Ethical Profit, Samantha Richardson, Writing Pixels Publishing
1st Runner-Up:
* Anticipate Failure, Lak Ananth, IdeaPress Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* Leadership Rites of Passage, Rick Tirrell, iUniverse
* Red Cape Rescue, Darcy Eikenberg, Page Two
* Smarter Not Harder, David Sears, Amplify Publishing

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CULTURE

2022 Winner:
* A Better Life for Their Children, Andrew Feiler, University of Georgia Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Broke in America, Joanne Samuel Goldblum and Colleen Shaddox, BenBella Books
Honorable Mentions:
* Black Snake, Katherine Wiltenburg Todrys, Bison Books
* Chasing the Surge, Grover Nicodemus Street RN with Sandra de Abreu Guidry-Street and Ja-ne de Abreu, JMFdeA Press
* Womb of Diamonds, Ezra Choueke

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HEALTH

2022 Winner:
* What You Must Know About Your Heart Before It's Too Late, Jay A. Levine, M.D., Xlibris
1st Runner-Up:
* The Accidental Plague Diaries, Andrew Duxbury, MD, Singular Books
Honorable Mentions:
* Standing at Water's Edge, Janice Post-White, McFarland & Company
* Reconstructing Hope, Donna Sidwell DeGracia, Wisk Ink Creative Publishing
* The Busy Caregiver's Guide to Advanced Alzheimer Disease, Jennifer R. Stelter, PsyD, Johns Hopskins University Press

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HOME

2022 Winner:
* How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate, Laura S. Moore, Wesley McWhorter, Joseph Novak, Don Sanders
1st Runner-Up:
* Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids, Gary Quesenberry, (Federal Air Marshal (/ret.), YMAA Publication Center
Honorable Mentions:
* Spit, Daniel Lassell, Wheelbarrow Books
* Perfectly Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Mary O'Kane, Orla Kelly Publishing
* This American House, Jason Loper and Michael Schreiber, Pomegranate

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MEMOIR

2022 Winner:
* Dear William, David Magee, Matt Holt Books
1st Runner-Up:
* Wonders All Around, Bruce McCandless III, Greenleaf Book Group
Honorable Mentions:
* By, For, and About Marines, Lt. Col. Sidney Atwater, US Marine Corps (Ret), Xlibris
* Barking at the Moon, Tracy Beckerman, River Grove Books
* Easy Marks, Catherine Wagner, Sunlight Works
* Essence, Charles McCormack
* Finding Forward, Jeffrey Morse, Brown Books Publishing Group
* Journey Between Two Worlds, Karola M. Schuette, Köehler Books
* Leah's Gift, Destanne Norris, Balboa Press
* Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops, Allison Hong Merrill, She Writes Press
* One Pound, Twelve Ounces, Melissa Harris, She Writes Press
* Trials of a Dead Lawyer's Wife, Maggie Redmon, Xlibris
* These Walls Between Us, Wendy Sanford, She Writes Press
* Under the Viaduct, Debra Kaplan Low, Book Street Press

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REFERENCE

2022 Winner:
* Your Next Big Idea, Samuel Sanders, Heard Publishing
1st Runner-Up:
* Hot Talk, Cold Science, S. Fred Singer, David R. Legates and Anthony R. Lupo, Independent Institute
Honorable Mentions:
* The Last Years of Karl Marx, Marcello Musto, Stanford University Press
* The Right to Bear Arms, Stephen P. Halbrook, Independent Institute
* Visual Impact, Wendi Pillars, Wisdom House

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SELF-HELP

2022 Winner:
* Wanted -> A New Career, Marlo Lyons, Future Forward Publishing
1st Runner-Up:
* Composure, Kate Purmal, Amplify Publishing
Honorable Mentions:
* A New Now, Michael Goddart, Clear Path Press
* An Overachiever's Guide to Breaking the Rules, Heather Whelpley, Wise Ink Creative Publishing
* How To be a "Better" Procrastinator, Patrick Sanaghan Ed.D, AuthorHouse

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SPIRITUAL

2022 Winner:
* The Day My Heart Turned Blue, Karla J Noland, Reveal Heal Thrive
1st Runner-Up:
* Quickwater Oracles, Ruth Thompson, Two Fine Crows Books
Honorable Mentions:
* Stuffing Cotton, Mary-Christine Strobel, Salt Water Media
* The Garden Tomb, Jimmy Foster, Christian Faith Publishing

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E-Book Fiction 

2022 Winner:
* A Cruel Oblivion, Joan Merriam
1st Runner-Up:
* Ms. Ruby and The Gigi Squad, Vickie Rodgers
Honorable Mentions:
* A Daughter of the King, Catherine Pettersson, Wild Rose Press
* Blood Mark, JP McLean, Windstorm Press
* Eden Lost, Richard Taylor, Urlink Print & Media
* Justice, Thomas A. McCoy, Western Presse Publishing
* Libertas, Danuta Pfeiffer, Luminare Press
* Max and the Spice Thieves, John Peragine, Crumblebee Books
* The Dragon Commons, Tiffany Clavecilla, Author Reputation Press

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E-Book Nonfiction 

2022 Winner:
* Unconventional, Jamie Andrea Garzot, Girl Friday Books
1st Runner-Up:
* Eat, Drink & Be Wary, Kathy Biehl, 9th House
Honorable Mentions:
* Delivering the Digital Restaurant, Carl Orsbourn and Meredith Sandland, Amplify Publishing
* Love and Marriage for a Lifetime, Dr. David R.L. Stevens, Author Reputation Press
* The Discovery of Spiritual Chivalry, Dr. Topdd Greene, Austin Macauley Publishers
* The Ghosts of Belcourt Castle, Harle H. Tinney, Urlink Print & Media

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LEGACY FICTION

2022 Winner:
* Zetty, Debra Whiting Alexander, Luminare Press
1st Runner-Up:
* Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Linda Harkey, ArchwayPublishing
Honorable Mentions:
* Invisible by Day, Teri Fink, Evolved Publishing
* Valiance, Vanessa Caraveo

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LEGACY NONFICTION

2022 Winner:
* WWI Crusaders, Jeffrey B. Miller, Milltown Press
1st Runner-Up:
* The Hanford Plaintiffs, Trisha T. Pritikin, University Press of Kansas
Honorable Mentions:
* My Swan Lake Life, Louise Blocker, L&L Publishers
* Spiritual Growth, Rabbi Paul Steinberg, Terra Nova Books
* Survivor's Odyssey, Richard Wiener, Xlibris

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