FAPA President's Book Awards For 2021

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

Each year the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) sponsors the FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for authors and publishers. This year we have opened the competition from North America only to the English speaking world. We hope to encourage entries from all who share our complex and wonderful language.

Finalists are chosen by publishing professionals and librarians from both within and outside of Florida and are announced at the President’s Book Awards Banquet the first weekend of August.

FAPA membership is not required for entry, although FAPA members receive a $20 discount.  Not a member?   Join FAPA Here.

Award Winner Perks 

    • Gold, Silver or Bronze medal
    • Digital download of the FAPA President’s Book Award medallion
    • Certificate of Achievement
    • Recognition the FAPA President Book Award Banquet on Aug 1, 2020 in Orlando
    • Winning books added to the FAPA Bookstore online
    • Inclusion in FAPA press release sent to Florida media outlets and industry outlets
    • Press release template to use for personal promotional efforts.
    • Judge reviews upon request
    • PDF download on “How to Maximize Your New Book Award”

2021 Book Awards Categories

1. Adult Fiction – General

2. Adult Fiction – Historical

3. Adult Fiction – Mystery / Suspense

4. Adult Fiction – Thriller / Horror

5. Adult Fiction – Romance

6. Adult Fiction – Science Fiction

7. Adult Fiction – Fantasy

8. Young Adult – Fiction

9. Young Adult – Non-Fiction

10. Children – Education

11. Children – General

12. Children – Coming of Age

13. Children – Sci-Fi / Fantasy

14. Tween

15. Children – Grades 4th-6th

16. Children – Grades K-3rd

17. Children – Picture Book

18. Children – Pre-school

19. Adult – Non-Fiction – General

20. Biography / Autobiography / Memoir


21. Cookbook / Home & Garden

22. Coffee Table Book

23. Business

24. How-To / Self-Help

25. Poetry

26. Inspirational

27. Religion / Spirituality

28. Fitness / Sports / Recreation

29. Health

30. Humor

31. Political / Current Events

32. Reference

33. Cover Design – Adult

34. Cover Design – Young Adult

35. Cover Design – Juvenile

2021 Submission Guidelines

  • Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the President’s Book Awards will be books published between January of the previous year and May of the awards year. Example: Between January 2018 and April 2020.
  • Books/eBooks must have a valid ISBN 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.
  • eBooks should be submitted in PDF format.
  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Entries received before midnight January 15, will qualify for a $20 discount.


2021 Submissions and Judging

  • All entries in each category will be considered by three judges.
  • Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and multiple other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.
  • Books are submitted digitally. At the time of your submission, you will need a complete PDF file of your book to be uploaded and a high-quality JPG digital image of your cover consistent with industry specifications. Paper submissions will not be judged or returned.

“The FAPA Gold Medal Award provided an instantaneous (and continuing) boost to my promotional efforts. When folks see that One Drop–A Slave! has garnered a national award, they know the book stands above countless others they encounter on the market. The medal draws attention to the physical book and to online advertising and serves as an “entrance key” into various events, book fairs, library and school presentations, historical societies and more.”

Eddie Price

2018 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, One Drop--A Slave!

Previous Medal Winners

“I’m so proud that A Beautiful Morning won a gold medal in the FAPA 2018 President’s Awards. This is my first book; for it to have been selected for such a prestigious honor is thrilling and a wonderful reward for all of my hard work.”


Ashley Ellington Brown

2018 Gold Medal for How-To/Self Help, A Beautiful Morning

“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

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

“Since receiving a gold medal in the 2017 FAPA Awards for Fifo Musical Animals ABC, I have been approached by both an agent and a traditional publisher.”

Hayley Rose

2017 Gold Medalist, Fifo Musical Animals ABC

“… 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

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

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