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

Deadline Registration Information

As the registration deadline approaches (January 21, ), please observe the following:
  • All materials (book, form, fee) must arrive by January 31, .
  • Avoid using Media/Library/Book rates (delivery has exceeded 3 weeks).
  • When necessary, books may be shipped separately by pre-registering titles.


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, First Horizon Award, and the Medal Provocateur. (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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[November 11, 2022] Eric Hoffer Award Advance Registration: Send your book(s) from a separate source by pre-registering your award entries in advance.

[May 30, 2022] Eric Hoffer Award 2023 Registration: The 2023 Eric Hoffer Book Award registration is open and accepting books.

[April 29, 2022] Eric Hoffer Award Final Results: The 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award final results announced.

[April 27, 2022] Grand Prize Short List: Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List announced.

[April 25, 2022] First Horizon Winners: The 2022 First Horizon Award winners announced.

[April 22, 2022] Award Schedule Update: The 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award schedule updated.

[April 21, 2022] Medal Provocateur Winner: The 2022 Medal Provocateur winner announced.

[April 14, 2022] Montaigne Medal Winner: The 2022 Montaigne Medal winner announced.

[April 11, 2022] da Vinci Eye Winners: The 2022 da Vinci Eye winners announced.

[April 4, 2022] First Hotizon Finalists: The 2022 First Horizon finalists announced.

[March 14, 2022] Medal Provocateur Finalists: The 2022 Medal Provocateur finalists announced.

[March 7, 2022] Montaigne Medal Finalists: The 2022 Montaigne Medal finalists announced.

[March 2, 2022] da Vinci Eye Finalists: The 2022 da Vinci Eye finalists announced.

[February 15, 2022] Award Schedule Posted: The 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award schedule announced.

[June 28, 2021] Beware of Award Scams: Learn more here.

[[August 28, 2020] Discount Early Registration: A discount early registration fee is available until December 14.

[June 15, 2020] The Medal Provocateur: The Eric Hoffer Book Award announces the Medal Provocateur for experimental poetry.

[June 13, 2020] New Spiritual Fiction Category: The Eric Hoffer Book Award has added a Spiritual Fiction category for the upcoming award year.

News Archive

[January 1, 2021] 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.