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

Welcome

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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News

[April 15, 2021] Montaigne Medal Winners: The 2021 Montaigne Medal winners announced.

[April 12, 2021] da Vinci Eye Winners: The 2021 da Vinci Eye winners announced.

[April 5, 2021] First Horizon Finalists: The 2021 First Horizon Award finalists announced.

[March 15, 2021] Medal Provocateur Finalists: The 2021 Medal Provocateur finalists announced.

[March 8, 2021] Montaigne Medal Finalists: The 2021 Montaigne Medal finalists announced.

[March 2, 2021] da Vinci Eye Finalists: The 2021 da Vinci Eye finalists announced.

[February 25, 2021] New Hoffer Silver Sponsor: Criss Cross by Mukta Arya.

[February 24, 2021] Award Announcement Schedule: The 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Award announcement schedule has been released.

[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.

[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.