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FAPA President's Book Awards

Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) is pleased to announce the guidelines for the 2016 FAPA President’s Book Awards, which recognize book publishing excellence and creativity in design, content and production for North American authors and publishers. The recipients of these awards will be chosen from  entries submitted between October 15, 2015 to May 15, 2016.

Congratulations to the 2015 FAPA President's Book Awards Winners! Winners were announced Saturday evening, at the HILTON ORLANDO LAKE BUENA VISTA in the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lake Buena Vista,  Florida.


"Winning the two awards has certainly had a positive impact on my online book sales, during author visits, and at school presentations.” —Diane Harper, FAPA 2014 Children's Winner for Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest and Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon.

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"Once you have received a book award, you are forever known as an award-winning author. That phrase appears on my web site, in my bio, on blog tours, in book reviews and literally anywhere I am promoting myself or my books. The award stickers that come with the award to put on your books are eye-catching and always elicit positive comments at book signings." —T. L. Williams, FAPA 2013 Winner for Adult Fiction, Cooper's Revenge; and 2014 for Winner for Adult Fiction, Unit 400: The Assassins




FAPA President's Book Awards winners receive:

  • A gold, silver, or bronze medal
  • An e-certificate suitable for printing and 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.  

Interested authors and publishers may submit one or more 2015 and 2016 English language titles (up until entry deadline) in as many of the following categories as desired:





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  1. Adult Fiction – General
  2. Adult Fiction – Genre: Chic Lit
  3. Adult Fiction – Genre: Contemporary / Literary
  4. Adult Fiction – Genre: Historical
  5. Adult Fiction – Genre: Horror
  6. Adult Fiction – Genre: Mystery
  7. Adult Fiction – Genre: Romance
  8. Adult Fiction – Genre: Sci-Fi and Fantasy
  9. Adult Fiction – Genre: Suspense/Thriller
  10. Adult Fiction – Genre: Western 
  11. Autobiography/Memoir
  12. Biography
  13. Business Book
  14. Children’s Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 0-3
  15. Children’s Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 4-7
  16. Coffee Table Book
  17. Cookbooks
  18. Cover Design – small format – smaller than 6” x 9”
  19. Cover Design – larger format – larger than 6” x 9”  
  20. Education
  21. eBook: Adult
  22. eBook: Children
  23. Fiction: Christian
  24. Fiction: Juvenile Age 7-12
  25. Fiction: Young Adult
  26. Fiction: Young Adult - Romance / Coming of Age / New Adult
  27. Fiction: Young Adult - Paranormal / Sci-fi / Fantasy
  28. Florida: Children Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 0-3
  29. Florida: Children Picture (Read to Me) Book Age 4-7
  30. Florida: Fiction Book for Adults
  31. Florida: Juvenile Age 8-13 (both fiction and non-fiction)
  32. Florida: Nonfiction Book for Adults
  33. Florida: Young Adult books (both fiction and non-fiction)
  34. Graphic Novel
  35. How-To/Self-Help
  36. Health & Fitness
  37. Home & Garden
  38. Humor
  39. Nonfiction: Adult
  40. Nonfiction: Children’s
  41. Nonfiction: Young Adult
  42. Poetry Book
  43. Political/Current Events
  44. Reference
  45. Religion
  46. Sports & Recreation
  47. Short Fiction – including short stories


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  • Author or publisher must reside in North America.
  • Acceptable publishing dates include 2015 or by April 30, 2016.
  • Books/ebooks must have an ISBN number, and state the year published within the book. eBooks may have an ASIN in lieu of ISBN
  • FAPA membership is not required for entry, although FAPA members receive a discount.*
  • 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.


Join FAPA Here and Renew FAPA Membership Here. If you aren’t sure whether or not your membership is current, email the VP of Member Services (


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  • 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.
  • Entries will not be returned. Judges are not paid but are allowed to keep the entries that they evaluate, or they may donate them to their library or other non-profit organizations that promote 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.



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FAPA will award one Gold Medal, up to two Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal in each category. Medalists will be announced by email and listed on the FAPA website the first week of July. All medalists will receive at least a bronze medal.

At the FAPA President’s Book Awards Banquet, 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.

New and previous award winners can order additional decals here*Each winner will receive an e-certificate following the awards banquet. *Temporarily out of stock

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.



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

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2.  Send four copies of your book for each category entered for the first category and three copies for each additional category. (e.g. one book entered in three categories = 10 copies of the book). If your book is a finalist, we will request a high-quality 300 dpi jpg of the cover. 

3.   For the eBook category, send one electronic PDF copy of each e-book entered to By sending us the electronic PDF, you are authorizing FAPA to distribute one PDF copy to each judge involved. Send a high-quality jpg. 300 dpi of the eBook cover.  Additionally, if you have video/audio files embedded in your e-book, send along 4 discs or USB flash drives containing those files.

4.  For the cover categories, please send an electronic, digital PDF file of your cover which includes front, back and spine to:

5.  Register and pay On Line

  • Early bird entry fees per title (until March 1, 2016):

$85 (non-members)   $75 (members)

$50 each additional category


  • Entry fees per title (after March 1, 2016):

$95 (non-members)   $85 (members)

$60 each additional category


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

$85 (non-member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $185.00 

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


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

$95 (non-member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $195.00 

$85 (member) + $50 x 2 additional categories = $185.00 


Please register online. You must complete the online entry form and choose the PayPal option. PayPal does allow for a credit card payment.

6.  If your book is chosen as a finalist, we will then request an electronic JPG image file of your book(s) cover in high resolution (300dpi). We can accept either RGB or CMYK images in a JPG format. Please do not send in the native format or with drop shadows.

7.  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.

8.  Forward your entry(ies) with delivery confirmation requested if you want to know we received it by the cutoff date of Friday, May 19, 2016. 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 15. Entries received after May 19 will not be accepted.

9. We strongly advise paying online when you register. Other types of payments take much longer to process. If you chose to send payment via check, the check should be mailed to:

 FAPA President’s Book Awards
VP Finance
1702 N Woodland Blvd
P.O. Box #116145
Deland, FL 32720


8.  Send your books and entry forms to:

FAPA President’s Book Awards
Terri Gerrell, President
4351 Natural Bridge Road
Tallahassee, FL 32305

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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 may be reassigned to other categories or returned with payment to the entrant.



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Deadline extended for receipt of entries.  All entries must be submitted NO LATER THAN Friday, May 15, 2016. Books that do not arrive at the address indicated above by May 19, 2016 will not be considered. 


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View the previous years' winners below! Previous award winners can order additional decals here. Temporarily out of stock

2015 Winners and Finalists

2014 Winners and Finalists

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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