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 $2,000 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 11, 2018] Hoffer Deadline Approaches: Eric Hoffer Book Award nomination closes in ten days!

[October 1, 2017] Hoffer Success: Eric Hoffer Book Award success stories posted.

[May 22, 2017] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award results have been announced.

[May 15, 2017] Grand Prize Short List: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize Short List announced.

[May 8, 2017] First Horizon Award Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award First Horizon Award winners announced.

[May 1, 2017] Montaigne Medal Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Montaigne Medal winners announced.

[April 24, 2017] da Vinci Eye Winners: 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award da Vinci Eye winners announced.

[December 23, 2015] The Authoriry 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.