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The former Florida Publishers Association has made some big changes. We are now the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) and our annual President's Book Awards are now open to authors nationwide.

See all the details, guidelines, and links to the entry form below.

This year's winners will be announced at the 2014 FAPA President's Book Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, location to be announced.

 

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AWARDS OVERVIEW

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Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) is pleased to announce the guidelines for the 2014 FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognizes book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content and production for North American authors and publishers.

Winners get:

  • A gold or silver medal
  • A certificate suitable for framing
  • Labels to place on book covers
  • Exposure to peers
  • Free media publicity
  • Link to their website/book blog
  • Listing of their name and winning title(s) on the FAPA website for one year.  

Winners can also use the award to promote themselves and their books for increased sales.    

Interested authors and publishers may submit one or more 2013 and 2014 English language titles (up until entry deadline) in as many of the following categories as desired:

1. Autobiography/Memoir

2. e-book

3. Adult Fiction – General

4. Adult Fiction – Genre: Romance, Mystery/Suspense, Horror, Western, Sci-Fi

     (Note: If we receive too many in one category, we will make it a separate one)

5. Adult Nonfiction

6. Young Adult Fiction

7. Young Adult Nonfiction

8. Children’s Fiction

9. Children’s Nonfiction

10. Children’s Picture (Read to Me) Book

11. Education

12. Poetry Book

13. Business Book

14. Florida Fiction Book for Adults

15. Florida Nonfiction Book for Adults

16. Florida YA books (both fiction and non-fiction)

17. Florida Young Children books (both fiction and non-­â€fiction)

18. Florida Children Picture (Read to Me) Book

19. Biography

20. Coffee Table Book

21. Cookbooks

22. How-To/Self-Help

23. Health & Fitness

24. Home & Garden

25. Humor

26. Political/Current Events

27. Reference

28. Religion

29. Sports & Recreation

30. Short Fiction – including short stories

31. Cover Design – small format – smaller than 6 x 9

32.  Cover Design – larger format – larger than 6 x 9    

            

Chris Angermann
President's Choice Award
In addition to the awards for the categories above, FAPA’s President will select one entry each year as the President’s Choice Award. The recipient of this award will be chosen from all entries submitted and is not a category that contestants can select.

The President’s Choice Award is chosen from all entries by FAPA President Chris Angermann.

 

 

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ELIGIBILITY

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  • Any author or publisher who resides in North America may enter.
  • Only books published in 2013 and 2014 (up to the deadline) will be considered. The year must be printed on the copyright page (or elsewhere within the book).
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry.
  • Only bound books are considered for entry. We will not accept old bound galleys, F&Gs or marked review copies. In fact, the interior of the book should contain no stray markings or stamps. Such markings/stamps can render a book ineligible.
  • Past FAPA President’s Book Award winning titles are not eligible for entry.
  • FAPA board members are able to enter books in the awards competition. The president may not choose his/her own book for the President’s Choice Award but is otherwise eligible to enter his/her company’s titles. 

 

JUDGING

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  • All entries in each category will be considered by three judges.
  • Librarians from Florida and other states will judge content and theme, and professional book designers will judge layout and design elements.
  • Entries will not be returned. Judges are not paid but are allowed to keep the entries that they evaluate, or donate them to their library or other non-profit organization that promotes reading.
  • Do NOT mark your entries. No notes to the judges, nothing scrawled on the cut edge of the paper or inserts placed inside for the judges. Markings or messages will render a book ineligible.

 

AWARDS

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FAPA will award one Gold Medal and up to two Silver Medals in each category. Finalists will be announced by email and listed on the FAPA website the first week of July 2014. All finalists will receive at least a silver medal.

At the FAPA 2014 President’s Book Awards Banquet on August 9 (location to be announced in early 2014) medalists for each category will be honored, and the President’s Choice Award will be announced. All category winners will receive a gold or silver medal and an awards certificate, along with 20 gold or silver “Winner” stickers. President’s Choice Award winners will receive a medal and 50 stickers.

Additional stickers may be purchased for $45 per roll.
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.

 

TO ENTER

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1.  Complete and return a separate FAPA President’s Book Awards Program entry formfor each title you are entering.  Register Online.

2.  Send four copies of your book for each category entered (e.g. one book entered in three categories = 12 copies of the book).

3.  Send four printed PDF copies of each e-book entered book. Additionally, if you have video/audio files embedded in your e-book, send along 4 discs containing those files.

4.  Include a check or money order (M.O.) for your entry(ies) to cover the appropriate fees as indicated below:

 

  • Early bird entry fees per title (until March 1, 2014):

$65 (non-members)   $55 (members)

$50 each additional category

 

  • Entry fees per title (after March 1, 2014):

$75 (non-members)   $65 (members)

$50 each additional category

  

Example 1 - One book for three categories as early bird entry:

$65 (non-member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $165.00 

$55 (member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $155.00 

 

Example 2 - One book for three categories entered after March 1:

$75 (non-member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $175.00 

$65 (member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $165.00 

 

Please make your check or money order payable to FAPA or Florida Authors and Publishers Association, write Book Awards in the note section and attach it to your entry form. If you would like to pay using PayPal, you must complete the online entry form and choose the PayPal option. PayPal does allow for a credit card option. 

4.  Include a Disc with an image of your book(s) cover in high resolution (300dpi). You should put this in a padded envelope so it doesn’t get broken inside the box. We can accept either RGB or CMYK images in a JPG format. Please do not send in the native format or with drop shadows.

5.  Send only materials indicated above. Marketing materials, newspaper articles, personal notes and other promotional items will be thrown away, so please do not include them.

6.  Forward your entry(ies) with delivery confirmation requested if you want to know we received it by the cutoff date of Thursday, May 1, 2014. Within Florida, Media Mail (U.S. Postal Service) packages will typically arrive in 1–3 days. Priority Mail (U.S. Postal Service) packages usually arrive in one day. Outside of Florida, Media Mail times vary up to a week, and Priority Mail can take three days or longer. It is unnecessary to go to the extra expense of sending via delivery service, such as UPS or FedEx, unless you are sending on a day that is very close to the deadline of May 1. Entries received after June 1 will not be accepted.

8.  Send your books, check, entry form and disc with the cover image to:

            FAPA President’s Book Awards

            Mark Wayne Adams, President Elect

            PO Box 915822

            Longwood, FL 32791

 

E-mail questions to: president.elect@floridapublishersassociation.com

NOTE: FAPA reserves the right to reassign entries to categories for which they are best suited, as necessary. Additionally, when a category receives fewer than three entries, the books will be reassigned to other categories or returned with payment to the entrant.

 

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES

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Deadline extended for receipt of entries.  All entries submitted NO LATER THAN Thursday, May 1, 2014. Books that do not arrive at the address indicated above after the deadline will not be considered and will be returned to sender.

 

Enter Today!

 Register Online Now!

 

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PAST WINNERS

View the previous years' winners below! Also watch the 2013 awards announcement on YouTube.

Previous award winners can order additional decals here.

2013 Winners and Finalists

2011 Winners and Finalists

2010 Winners and Finalists

2009 Winners and Finalists

2008 Winners and Finalists

2007 Winners and Finalists

2006 Winners and Finalists

2005 Winners and Finalists

 

 

 

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