FAPA President's Book Awards

Recognizing book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production

On Saturday evening, August 5, 2017, the Florida Authors and Publishers Association announced the 2017 FAPA President’s Book Awards Medalists at the Book Awards Banquet where 150 authors in 43 categories were celebrated. This annual event brings together the Florida publishing community to honor these award-winning authors and publishers.

Each year, the FAPA President’s Book Awards program recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

FAPA awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to finalists in each category. Winners are announced by email and listed on the FAPA website in early July. All category winners receive their medal, a digital certificate, and 10 medal decals at the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet. FAPA issues a press release announcing the winners that can be sent to the media and used on an author’s website, blog, and on social media.


The 2017 Medalists

Bette Lee Crosby

Bette Lee Crosby

Winner of multiple FAPA awards

Curtis Inabinett, Jr.

Curtis Inabinett, Jr.

Preserving African-American history

Katrina Kusa

Katrina Kusa

A 12-year-old award-winning author

Megan Pitts and Vicki Shankwitz

Megan Pitts and Vicki Shankwitz

Mother-Daughter writing team

All of the photographs taken at this year’s FAPA President’s Book Awards by the professional photographer Andrew West are now available for viewing and downloading at FAPA Conference 2017.

2018 Submissions

Submissions for the 2018 FAPA President’s Book Awards open September 30, 2018.

2018 Nomination Guidelines

  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Books must be published between January 2017 and May 2018.
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN number, and include the year published within the book.
  • eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN.
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry.
  • Previous award winning titles of FAPA President’s Book Awards may not be re-entered.
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition.

“Entering the FAPA President’s Book Award was one of the best things I could have done for my book. I had no idea when I entered the contest, the honor that would come with winning. I even wore my medals home on the plane.”

Nancy Sprowell Geise

FAPA 2016 Autobiography/Memoir and Biography Winner, Auschwitz #34207 - The Joe Rubinstein Story

2018 Submissions

  • Submissions open on September 30, 2017
  • Early Bird Submissions Deadline is February 28, 2018
  • Submissions Close on May 21, 2018

Categories, submissions fees and other information about the 2018 Books Awards will be posted here when submissions open on September 30, 2017.  Please check back here or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

… a juried book award lends a certain prestige and legitimacy to a title. Given a choice between a best-seller campaign and a book award, I’d choose the award any day!”

Tara Alemany

FAPA 2015 How to / Self-Help Winner, The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books

The FAPA award gives a work credibility. It is hard to understand a book from reading the back cover. Awards and reviews give a book a benchmark of excellence.

James Hockenberry

FAPA 2015 Adult Fiction: Historical Winner, Over There

Having ‘Award Winning Author’ after my name has helped with getting increased engagement in public speaking, and the public speaking in return helps me sell more books.

Jose Colon

2015 Education Winner, Sometimes I Dream and The Magic Ice Cream Palace

Each and every award helps us to market our books. With this wonderful award, we gained exposure on the FAPA website, which will help to generate more sales.

Lee Ann Mancini

2015 Children's Picture Book Winner, Fast Freddy

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