[March 7, 2014] Montaigne & da Vinci Finalists: Montaigne Medal Finalists and da Vinci Eye Finalists announced.
[January 31, 2014] Eric Hoffer Book Award Closed for 2014: Registration for the Eric Hoffer Book Award is now closed. All new arrivals will be placed in the 2015 award year.
[September 14, 2013] Eric Hoffer Prose Award Winners: The 2014 Eric Hoffer Prose Award winners have been announced.
[September 5, 2013] Eric Hoffer Book Award: The Eric Hoffer Book Award registration is open for the 2014 award year
[July 20, 2013] Eric Hoffer Prose Award Short List: The Eric Hoffer Prose Award short list has been annouced for the 2013 issue of Best New Writing.
[May 13, 2013] Book Award Results: The Eric Hoffer Book Award winners and finalists have been announced.
[May 6, 2013] Grand Prize Finalists: The short list for the Eric Hoffer Book Award grand prize has been announced.
[April 29, 2013] Montaigne Medal: Montaigne Medal winners and finalists have been announced.
[April 22, 2013] da Vinci Eye: da Vinci Eye winners and finalists have been announced.
[April 15, 2013] First Horizon: First Horizon Award winners and finalists have been announced.
[May 5, 2012] E-book Registration: Eric Hoffer Book Award begins accepting e-books.
[December 17, 2007] Inside the Hoffer: Award Chairman Christopher Klim speaks with Library Juice.
The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers.
The winning stories and essays are published in Best New Writing, and the book awards are covered in the US Review of Books.
Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st.
If you are ready to register for an Eric Hoffer Award, please use one of the easy procedures or forms below:
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