Celebrating the Best in Independent Publishing: Benjamin Franklin Awards 2013 Call for Entries

The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest not-for-profit trade association of independent publishers, a leader for member benefits, education, and advocacy, has announced a call for entries for the 26th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™. Regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards includes 55 categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design.

This is a fantastic chance to have your work recognized on national level. However, you need to be a member of the IBPA in order to enter the contest. SDP Publishing is a member of IBPA and we can offer our authors the opportunity to submit their books for this contest. If you are interested in submitting your book, please contact us at lross@SDPPublishing.com, and we can help you through the process.

Why Enter?

One Gold and two Silver award winners are determined in each category. During a special awards ceremony held in conjunction with BookExpo America in May 2014, all Gold winners will receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.

The Benjamin Franklin Awards are unique in that the entrants receive direct feedback on their titles. The actual judging forms are returned to all participating publishers.

In addition, all winners will receive:

  • Two tickets to the special awards ceremony recognizing all of the award winners.
  • A personalized award certificate.
  • Special award stickers to affix to the winning books.
  • Recognition prior to the awards ceremony on the homepage of the IBPA website.
  • Archived listing after the awards ceremony on the IBPA website.
  • Announcement to major trade journals (including PW and Shelf-Awareness), to select public libraries, through all IBPA social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, the IBPA Blog, and more.

To assist the judges and to ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two Calls for Entry:


Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2013

All titles carrying a 2013 copyright date will be accepted in the December 2013 Call for Entry.

We look forward to recognizing and cheering on the publishers who set the standards of excellence within the independent publishing community.

For more information, please visit The Benjamin Franklin Awards website.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to maximize your exposure and gain credibility through third-party reviews or by entering contests, contact SDP Publishing. We have extensive experience working with authors to submit their work to third-party reviewers and contests to help expand their marketing potential.

SDP Publishing is currently offering a great promotion to authors who are thinking about self-publishing. To receive your free 45-minute consultation, send us a one-paragraph book synopsis, a brief author bio, a list of comparable titles, and the first three chapters of your manuscript. SDP Publishing Solutions will review and set up time to talk with you to provide direction and recommendations on what you need to do to publish your book and get it on the market!

SDP Publishing Solutions, LLC (formerly Sweet Dreams Publishing of Massachusetts) offers optimal self-publishing solutions for authors worldwide. From literary agency representation to worldwide marketing – including international rights – and independent publishing, we provide the best solutions for authors. Our services include developmental editing and copy editing, custom cover design and layout, book marketing, query letter and book proposals, literary agency representation, print and e-book development. We provide the best exposure for your book!

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