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Awards

Paterson Poetry Prize

2018

Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry
The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $1,000. Established in 2015 and named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and aims to honor and promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.

2018

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.

2018

Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition

2017

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.

2017

Foreword INDIES Book Awards

2017

AUPresses Book, Jacket & Journal Show Award
Since 1965, the Association of University Presses 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.

2017

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.

2017

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.

2017

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2017

Paterson Poetry Prize

2017

Michigan Notable Book Award

2017

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

2016

Foreword INDIES Book Award

2016

AUPresses Book, Jacket & Journal Show Award
Since 1965, the Association of University Presses 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.

2016

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.

2016

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.

2016

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.

2016

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

2016

Kentucky History Award

2016

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.

2016

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.

2016

Independent Publisher Book Awards

2016

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.

2016

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.

2015

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

2015

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.

2015

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.

2015

Paterson Fiction Prize

2015

AUPresses Book, Jacket & Journal Show Award
Since 1965, the Association of University Presses 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.

2015

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.

2015

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

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

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

Children's Literature Association Best Edited Book Award

2014

Children's Literature Association Edited Book Award

2014

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

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

Foreword INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award

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

Paterson Prize For Books for Young People

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

2014

Michigan Notable Book Award

2014

Sami Rohr Prize from the Jewish Book Council

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.

2013

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.

2013

National Jewish Book Award

2013

Heldt Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

2013

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

2013

Goldstein-Goren Prize for Best Book in Jewish Thought

2013

PEN American Center Open Book Award

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Yad Vashem Book Prize

2012

Independent Publisher Book Awards

2012

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.

2012

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

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

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

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

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

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

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

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.

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

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.

2011

Choice Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates

2011

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

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.

2011

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.

2011

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.

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.

2011

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.

2011

Heldt Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

2011

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.

2011

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.

2011

Outstanding Books, Story Teller of the Year

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.

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.

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."

Society of Automotive Historians Award

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The D Show Awards

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.

ForeWord Book of the Year

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.

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

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.

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.