Eric Hoffer Book Award - for Small, Academic, & Independent Books


The Eric Hoffer Book Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses. (learn more)

The Prizes

A grand prize of $2,500 is awarded annually. In addition, Eric Hoffer Book Award honors include various prizes within eighteen all-inclusive categories, separate press distinctions, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. (learn more)

Book Nomination

Books are submitted to the Hoffer Award through our easy nomination process. A single category registration qualifies a book for all prize consideration. The registration deadline is January 21st. (learn more)

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[May 6, 2019] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award final results announced.

[April 29, 2019] Grand Prize Short List: Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List announced.

[April 23, 2019] First Horizon Winners: First Horizon Award winners announced.

[April 16, 2019] Montaigne Medal Winners: Montaigne Medal winners announced.

[April 10, 2019] da Vinci Eye Winners: da Vinci Eye winners announced.

[April 2, 2019] First Horizon Finalists: First Horizon Award finalists announced.

[March 4, 2019] da Vinci Eye Finalists: da Vinci Eye finalists announced.

[March 4, 2019] Montaigne Medal Finalists: Montaigne Medal finalists announced.

[February 5, 2019] Romance Category Added: Romance category has been for the 2020 award year. Registration open now.

[January 1, 2019] The Authority of Book Awards: Our Chairman provides helpful guidelines for selecting a book award.

[October 10, 2015] Horse of a Different Color: Book Edits discusses the Hoffer Award.

[December 17, 2007] Inside the Hoffer: Award Chairman Christopher Klim speaks with Library Juice.