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


The Eric Hoffer 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 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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[July 1, 2018] Eric Hoffer Award Breaks Out Five New Categories: While the Eric Hoffer Award includes all books, the 2018 award introduces five new focused categories - Middle Reader, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Crime, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and Short/Anthology.

[May 14, 2018] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: The 2018 results for the Eric Hoffer Book Award have been announced.

[May 7, 2018] Grand Prize Short List: The Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List has been announced.

[April 30, 2018] First Horizon Award Winners: The First Horizon Award winners have been announced.

[April 23, 2018] Montaigne Medal Winners: The Montaigne Medal winners have been announced.

[April 18, 2018] da Vinci Eye Winners: The da Vinci Eye winners have been announced.

[April 2, 2018] First Horizon Finalists: The First Horizon Award finalists have been announced.

[March 5, 2018] da Vinci Eye Finalists: The da Vinci Eye finalists have been announced.

[March 5, 2018] Montaigne Medal Finalists: The Montaign Medal finalists have been announced.

[January 11, 2018] Hoffer Deadline Approaches: Eric Hoffer Book Award nomination closes in ten days!

[October 1, 2017] Hoffer Success: Eric Hoffer Book Award success stories posted.

[May 22, 2017] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award results have been announced.

[May 15, 2017] Grand Prize Short List: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List announced.

[May 8, 2017] First Horizon Award Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award First Horizon Award winners announced.

[May 1, 2017] Montaigne Medal Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Montaigne Medal winners announced.

[April 24, 2017] da Vinci Eye Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award da Vinci Eye winners announced.

[December 23, 2015] The Authoriry 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.