FAPA President's Book Awards

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

2018 Submissions Are Open!

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.

For 2018, eligible books may be entered in forty-three categories.  There are also two separate cover design categories.  Please see the 2018 Submission Guidelines below.  Discounts are available for Early Bird Submissions. The Early Bird Submissions deadline is February 28, 2018. The final submission deadline is May 21, 2018.

For more information and to submit a book, please visit https://fapa.submittable.com/submit or click on the button below.

 

“Winning FAPA’s 2017 President’s gold medal award in Adult Fiction for my novel, Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars, was an incredible honor that presented an amazing marketing opportunity in book reviews, print, radio and TV media exposure and author events of all types. The glossy medal identified my book as a winner and validated what I had felt ever since I wrote the words ‘The End;’ this book was special. I was now and forevermore, an award winning author.”
T.L. Williams

FAPA 2017 Adult Fiction Gold Medalist, Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars

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.”

Marina Brown

FAPA 2017 Gold Medalist, Lisbeth

“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

“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

… 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 2017 Medalists

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 brought together the Florida publishing community to honor these award-winning authors and publishers.

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.

Submit Your Book for the 2018 FAPA President's Book Awards

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