FAPA President's Book Awards

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

Awards

Each year the Florida Authors and Publishers Association sponsors the FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content, and production for North American authors and publishers. Books by North American authors or publishers in 45 categories may be nominated.  Librarians, book industry professionals, and educators from Florida and other states will judge content, theme, layout, and cover design elements.

FAPA awards one Gold Medal, up to two Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal in each category. Winners will be announced by email and listed on the FAPA website the first week of July. At the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet that is held during the FAPA Annual Conference each year, medalists for each category will be honored.  All category winners will receive a gold or silver or bronze medal, and a digital certificate, along with 10 gold, silver, or bronze “Winner” stickers.

Each winner will receive an e-certificate following the awards banquet. A FAPA-issued, award-announcement press release will be sent to the author or publisher for release to print and broadcast media and for use on the winner’s website and/or blog and social media. New and previous award winners can order additional decals here.

2017 Nomination Guidelines

  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Books must be published between January 2016 and May 2017.
  • 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

2017 Submissions and Judging

  • For 2017, submissions will be accepted in the five major areas listed below.
  • Medals will be awarded in 45 specific categories/genres.
  • Member Submission Fee $75.00, Non-member Submission Fee $85.00.
  • 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 or ePub file of your book to be uploaded and a high quality digital image of your cover consistent with the listed specifications.

… 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

Submit Your Book for the 2017 FAPA President's Book Awards

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

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