The Benjamin Franklin Book Awards

Win the Benjamin Franklin Awards Trophy

Outskirts Press will enter your 2008
Outskirts Press book into the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.

Only English language and Spanish language books with a copyright date of 2008 are eligible for submission to this year’s awards, the Outskirts Press deadline for which is November 15, 2008.

If your book is eligible, you may order this submission service from the Marketing Options screen of your author’s center. Outskirts Press will then handle everything for you, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • sending them 5 copies of your book
  • filling out 5 entry forms (one for each copy)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to the judges
The Benjamin Franklin Awards are among the most respected Book Awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets.
TO ORDER: Access your Marketing Options screen in your author’s center and select the Benjamin Franklin Full Submission Service.Deadline for 2008 Copyright Books: November 15, 2008.

All finalists will be notified by May 2009. The winners in each category will be announced at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation during the Publishing University at the Book Expo of America. Finalists will receive a certificate of excellence; winners will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award trophy. All finalists will be displayed during the Publishing University and at the Awards Ceremony and all winners will be displayed in a special booth at Book Expo America.

Winners and finalists will also be featured on the IBPA website and in a special issue of the Outskirts Press e-mail newsletter and on this blog.


1. Animals/Pets

2. Arts (Art/Music/Photography)

3. Autobiography/Biography/Memoirs

4. Audiobook–Adult Fiction

5. Audiobook–Adult Nonfiction

6. Audiobook–Children’s

7. Business

8. Career

9. Children’s Picture Book

10. Children’s Book & Audiobook Set

11. Coffee Table/Large Format

12. Cookbooks

13. Crafts/Hobby/How-to

14. Education/Teaching/Academic

15. Gift Books/Small Format

16. Graphic Novel

17. Popular Fiction

18. Mystery/Suspense

19. Poetry/Literary Criticism

20. Gay/Lesbian

21. Gardening/Agriculture

22. Health/Wellness/Nutrition

23. History/Political

24. Humor/Comedy/Satire

25. Juvenile/Young Adult–Fiction

26. Juvenile/Young Adult–Nonfiction

27. Multicultural

28. Nature/Environment

29. New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality

30. Parenting/Family Issues

31. Professional/Technical

32. Psychology/Self-Help

33. Recreation/Sports

34. Reference/Directories

35. Regional

36. Religion

37. Science/Environment

38. Travel

Is your book an award-winner? There’s only one way to find out. Submit it to the Ben Franklin Awards through Outskirts Press.

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