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 is awarded annually. In addition, Eric Hoffer Book Award honors include various prizes within twenty-four 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 by our annual deadline and according to guidelines. A single category registration qualifies a book for all prize consideration. The registration deadline is January 21st, . (learn more)

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[May 15, 2024] Eric Hoffer Book Award Results: The 2024 Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorees have been announced.

[May 9, 2024] Category Finalists: The 2024 Category Finalists have been announced.

[May 2, 2024] Grand Prize Short List: The 2024 Grand Prize Short List has been announced.

[April 25, 2024] First Horizon Winners: The 2024 First Horizon Winners have been announced.

[April 22, 2024] Medal Provocateurl Winner: The 2024 Medal Provocateur Winner have been announced

[April 16, 2024] Montaigne Medal Winners: The 2024 Montaigne Medal Winners have been announced.

[April 10, 2024] da Vinci Eye Winners: The 2024 da Vinci Eye Winners have been announced.

[April 3, 2024] First Horizon Finalists: The 2024 First Horizon Award Finalists have been announced.

[March 14, 2024] Medal Provocateur Finalists: The 2024 Medal Provocateur Finalists have been announced.

[March 7, 2024] Montainge Medal Finalists: The 2024 Montainge Medal Finalists have been announced.

[March 4, 2024] da Vinci Eye Finalists: The 2024 da Vinci Eye Finalists have been announced.

[February 27, 2024] Award Announcements: The 2024 award announcement schedule is posted.


News Archive

[August 1, 2023] Grand Prize now $5000: The 2024 Eric Hoffer Book Award grand prize is now $5,000.

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

[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.

[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.

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