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Awards

Willy Haas Prize
The Willy Haas Prize is awarded to one monograph on German cinema per year at the Cinefest International Film Festival of German Film Heritage in Hamburg.

2018

Balthazar Korab Award
This award is named in honor of Balthazar Korab, architect and photographer, who spent his career breathing life into architecture and the built environment.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

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.

2018

Paterson Poetry Prize
The Paterson Poetry Prize is sponsored by The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. It is a $1,000 award for a book of poems, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published in 2018. The winning poet will be eligible for the monetary prize only if he/she participates in a reading at Poetry Center on the date specified.

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

Hamlin Garland Prize
This prize is named after the Midwestern writer Hamlin Garland, a product of Wisconsin, Iowa, and South Dakota who sought to promote writing about his home region and published widely in popular outlets. His many books include Daughter of the Middle Border, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1922.

2017

Society of Midland Authors Literary Competition
Each year since its inception in 1915, the Society has presented awards for excellence to authors and poets. Currently the Society presents awards of cash and recognition plaques to winners in the categories of adult fiction and nonfiction, biography, poetry, and children's fiction and nonfiction published in the previous year. The juried competition is open to authors and poets who reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the twelve-state Midwestern Heartland.

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
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

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
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

2017

Paterson Poetry Prize
The Paterson Poetry Prize is sponsored by The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College. It is a $1,000 award for a book of poems, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published in 2018. The winning poet will be eligible for the monetary prize only if he/she participates in a reading at Poetry Center on the date specified.

2017

Michigan Notable Book Award
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.

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.

2016

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

2016

Foreword INDIES Book Award
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

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
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading. The contest is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish for the North American market.

2016

Kentucky History Award
The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) sponsors the Kentucky History Awards to recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities and historical organizations throughout the commonwealth.

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
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.

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
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

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
The Poetry Center, founded in 1980 by award-winning poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, its executive director, has hosted thousands of poets over the years at its readings, workshops and conferences.

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 Edited Book Award
The Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) is a non-profit association of scholars, critics, professors, students, librarians, teachers and institutions dedicated to the academic study of literature for children.

2014

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.

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
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

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
The Lane Anderson Award is an annual award presented to Canadian non-fiction science in two categories; adult and young readers. It is funded by the Fitzhenry Family Foundation, and headed by Sharon Fitzhenry and Hollister Doll. Winners receive a plaque and a prize of 10,000 dollars.

2014

American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award
For over seventy years, AASLH has given Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all people.

2014

Next Generation Indie Book Awards
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

2014

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

2014

Paterson Prize For Books for Young People
The Poetry Center, founded in 1980 by award-winning poet, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, its executive director, has hosted thousands of poets over the years at its readings, workshops and conferences. Three literary contests – the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Paterson Poetry Prize and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People – are offered by the Center.

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

Independent Publisher's 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

Michigan Notable Book Award
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.

2014

Sami Rohr Prize from the Jewish Book Council
In 2006, in celebration of Sami Rohr's 80th birthday, his children and grandchildren inaugurated the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature to honor his lifelong love of Jewish writing.

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.

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.

National Jewish Book Award

Jordan Schnitzer Book Award

Heldt Prize from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies

PEN American Center Open Book Award

Goldstein-Goren Prize for Best Book in Jewish Thought

ForeWord Book of the Year Award
Whether you're a librarian, a bookseller, or just a general lover of books, you know that independent presses and authors are publishing some of the most innovative, creative, and beautiful books. To honor the very best of indie publishing each year, Foreword Reviews created the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards! Thousands of books are entered each year, and our panel of over 120 librarians and booksellers take part in the judging, narrowing it down to a group of finalists and winners that represent the best books, all independently published, in over 60 categories.

Kate Tufts Discovery Award

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.

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.

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.

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.

Society of Midland Authors Competition
Each year since its inception in 1915, the Society has presented awards for excellence to authors and poets. Currently the Society presents awards of cash and recognition plaques to winners in the categories of adult fiction and nonfiction, biography, poetry, and children's fiction and nonfiction published in the previous year. The juried competition is open to authors and poets who reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the twelve-state Midwestern Heartland.

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.

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.

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.