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, 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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[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.

[May 18, 2020] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: 2020 Eric Hoffer Book Award final results announced.

[May 11, 2020] Grand Prize Short List: 2020 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List announced.

[May 4, 2020] First Horizon Winners: 2020 First Horizon Award Winners announced.

[April 27, 2020] Montaigne Medal Winners: 2020 Montaigne Medal Winners announced.

[April 20, 2020] da Vinci Eye Winners: 2020 da Vinci Eye Winners announced.

[April 13, 2020] First Horizon Finalists: 2020 First Horizon Award finalists announced.

[April 1, 2020] Anouncement Schedule Changes: Due to coronavirus complications, the announcement schedule has been adjusted.

[March 3, 2020] Montaigne Medal Finalists: 2020 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal Finalists announced.

[March 2, 2020] da Vinci Eye Finalists: 2020 Eric Hoffer da Viinci Eye Finalists announced.

[February 26, 2020] Announcement Schedule: 2020 Eric Hoffer Book Award announcement schedule released.

[January 31, 2020] Registration Open: 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award registration now open and adding a Spiritual Fiction category.

[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.