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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[January 1, 2019] The Authoriry of Book Awards: Our Chairman provides helpful guidelines for selecting a book award.

[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.

[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.