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Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2015

Montaigne Medal from the Eric Hoffer Awards
Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award for books presents the Montaigne Medal to the most thought-provoking book(s). These are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare, René Descartes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Eric Hoffer. This is an additional distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella.

2015

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2015

ForeWord INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

2015

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

2015

AATSEEL Book Prize
The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), founded in 1941, exists to advance the study and promote the teaching of Slavic and East European languages, literatures, and cultures on all educational levels, elementary through graduate school.The AATSEEL Publications Committee awards prizes for publications in the various disciplines participating in AATSEEL. The various awards given include Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy, Best Contribution to Slavic Linguistics, Best Book of Slavic Literary/Cultural Criticism, and Best Translation into English.

2014

Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

2014

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

2014

Lane Anderson Award for Science Writing

2014

American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award

2014

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2014

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2011 awards were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference on June 24, 2012, in Anaheim, California.

2014

Midwest Book Awards
The Midwest Book Awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book's unique contribution to its subject area.

2014

Paterson Prize For Books for Young People

2014

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2014

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2014

Michigan Notable Book Award

2014

National Jewish Book Award

2014

Midwest Book Awards
The Midwest Book Awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book's unique contribution to its subject area.

2013

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

2013

Heldt Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

2013

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

2013

Sami Rohr Prize from the Jewish Book Council

2013

PEN American Center Open Book Award

2013

Goldstein-Goren Prize for Best Book in Jewish Thought

2013

National Jewish Book Awards
The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.

2013

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2013

Next Generation Indie Book Award
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its fourth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

2013

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2013

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2011 awards were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference on June 24, 2012, in Anaheim, California.

2013

Kate Tufts Discovery Award

2013

Society of Midland Authors Competition

2013

da Vinci Eye from the Eric Hoffer Awards
The Eric Hoffer Awards presents the da Vinci Eye to titles with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

2013

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

2012

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

2012

Next Generation Indie Book Award
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its fourth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

2012

da Vinci Eye from the Eric Hoffer Awards
The Eric Hoffer Awards presents the da Vinci Eye to titles with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

2012

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2011 awards were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference on June 24, 2012, in Anaheim, California.

2012

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2012

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2012

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

2012

Yad Vashem Book Prize

2012

Midwest Book Awards
The Midwest Book Awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book's unique contribution to its subject area.

2012

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2011

Choice Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates

2011

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

2011

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2010

National Jewish Book Awards
The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.

2010

Next Generation Indie Book Award
The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest Not-for-Profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. In its fourth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group (www.IBPPG.com) in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

2010

Women in German Award: Best Article
Women in German invites nominations for our new Best Article award. The purpose of this award is to recognize excellent research and scholarship in the field of feminist German studies. The prize is conferred annually and was awarded for the first time in 2004. The author of the article selected will receive a $500 cash award and a certificate of recognition.

2010

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

2010

Peter C. Rollins Book Award
The Rollins Book Award is awarded annually for the best book in popular culture studies and/or American culture studies. Designed to reward genuine research and lucid expression, the award bears the name of Peter C. Rollins, Founder of the SWTX organizations.

2010

Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

2010

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2010

da Vinci Eye from the Eric Hoffer Awards
The Eric Hoffer Awards presents the da Vinci Eye to titles with superior cover artwork. Cover art is judged on both content and style. The da Vinci Eye is given in honor of the historic artist/scientist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci.

2010

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

2010

Heldt Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

2010

ForeWord Book of the Year

2009

Society of Automotive Historians Award

2009

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

2009

Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the Association for Jewish Studies, made possible by funding from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. These awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. The awards are structured to recognize all areas of Jewish studies research, paying tribute to both the breadth and depth of AJS members's scholarship.

2009

Eric Hoffer Book Awards
The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a $1,500 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions, as well as the winners of the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.

2009

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

2009

Metro Times 2010 Best-of Pick!
Voted Best Detroit Nonfiction Book by the Metro Times.

2009

Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

2009

The D Show Awards

2009

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

2009

Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award
The award is bestowed by the literary magazine Poets and Writers to honor authors who "have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community."

2009

NAACP Image Award
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

2009

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2011 awards were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference on June 24, 2012, in Anaheim, California.

2009

Stuart and Vernice Gross Award for Excellence in Literature from SVSU
This award was established at Saginaw Valley State University through an endowment by Stuart and Vernice Gross to recognize Michigan writers particularly those that address Michigan themes either in fiction or nonfiction.

2009

National Book Critic Circle Book Award
The National Book Critics Circle, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit organization consisting of more than 600 active book reviewers who are interested in honoring quality writing and communicating with one another about common concerns. The centerpiece of NBCC activities is the annual awards for the best book in six categories: autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

2009

Independent Publisher Book Award
The IPPYs are designed to recognize independent authors and publishers who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Books are entered and judged in 65 national categories and 20 regional categories, and are also considered for the “Ten Outstanding Books of the Year.” Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top books, and the winners are honored at an annual ceremony each May. The IPPY contest is now the world's largest independent book awards contest, receiving over 3,000 entries each year.

ForeWord Book of the Year

Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israeli Studies
The Association for Israel Studies annually awards the Shapiro prize for the best book in Israel Studies published during the last calendar year. This award honors the memory of Yonathan Shapiro (1929-1997), one of Israel's most distinguished and influential sociologists, by recognizing outstanding scholarship in the history, politics, society and culture of Israel and pre-1948 Jewish Palestine.

Michigan Notable Book Awards
Michigan Notable Books is The Library of Michigan's annual selection of up to 20 recommended books reflecting Michigan's rich cultural heritage, featuring high-quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by a Michigan resident or about a Michigan-related topic.

Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community.

Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards
The Jordan Schnitzer Book Awards are the first annual book award program to be offered by the Association for Jewish Studies, made possible by funding from the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation of Portland, Oregon. These awards recognize and promote outstanding scholarship in the field of Jewish studies and honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. The awards are structured to recognize all areas of Jewish studies research, paying tribute to both the breadth and depth of AJS members's scholarship.

Elli Kongas-Maranda Prize
Awarded from the Women's Section of the American Folklore Society for outstanding work on women's traditional, vernacular, and local culture and/or work on feminist theory and folklore. The award goes to the author of an exemplary product that can inspire further work in the field of women's folklore.

Michigan Center for the Book Selection for the National Book Festival
The Michigan Center for the Book has selected A Pocketful of Passage by Loraine Campbell to represent Michigan at the 9th annual National Book Festival to take place September 26, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The National Book Festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress and is to be held on the National Mall from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event is free and open to the public.

Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award
In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its fifteenth annual Writers's Awards under a program that identifies and supports women writers of exceptional talent. The emphasis is on those in the early stages of their writing careers. This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs.

Children's Literature Association Book Award
The Children's Literature Association Book Award is an annual award for the most significant book of criticism, history, or scholarship in the field of children's literature.

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2011 awards were announced at the American Library Association's annual conference on June 24, 2012, in Anaheim, California.

Great Lakes Great Books Award
The Great Lakes Great Books Award is given annually to five books chosen by Michigan students in grades K-12. Books are nominated by students, teachers, librarians, publishers, and others interested in excellent quality books for children and teens. Students read the books nominated for their grade level and vote for their favorite. Winning books are announced at the Michigan Reading Association's annual conference in March.

Canadian Jewish Book Awards
The Canadian Jewish Book Awards celebrates excellence in Canadian writing that reflects Jewish themes and subjects in history, fiction, Yiddish, and other fields.

National Jewish Book Awards
The National Jewish Book Awards is the longest running North American awards program of its kind in the field of Jewish literature and is recognized as the most prestigious. The awards, presented by category, are designed to give recognition to outstanding books, to stimulate writers to further literary creativity and to encourage the reading of worthwhile titles.

AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show Award
Since 1965, the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show has fulfilled its mission to “honor and instruct”: honoring the design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and — through a traveling exhibit and acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries — visually teaching the tenets of good design. This competition is open to member press publishers only.

Indie Excellence Book Awards
The Indie Excellence Awards present a wonderful opportunity for all authors and publishers of books...both national and international. Small press, self-published, print on demand and independent publishers are all welcome.

National Book Award Finalist
Now, over a half-century since its inception, the National Book Awards continues to recognize the best of American literature, raising the cultural appreciation of great writing in the country while advancing the careers of both established and emerging writers like Richard Powers, Jonathan Franzen, and Lily Tuck.

Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada
The Arthur Ellis Awards, from the Crime Writers of Canada, are Canada's premier awards for excellence in the crime genre.

State History Award
The Historical Society of Michigan's annual State History Awards - Awards of Merit are prized statewide and are the highest recognition presented by the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for Previous Finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize
The Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize from the Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College is given annually to honor a book of poetry published in the preceding year by an author who has won the award previously.