MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association

MBPA Excellence in Publishing Awards

  • 08 Dec 2015
  • 30 Jan 2016
  • Entry Deadline: January 30, 2016 - Award Celebration to be Announced

NEW! Excellence in Publishing Awards

MBPA is proud to announce an annual awards program to celebrate our member Publishers and Authors. The Board has determined there is no better way to promote our organization than to build on the accomplishments and achievements of our members and will therefore present recognition awards at the Spring meeting for print* books published July 1, 2014 - December 30, 2015 in the categories of adult fiction, poetry, biography/memoir, history, general nonfiction, and books for children and young adults. Entries will be accepted from all dues-paying MBPA members in good standing and the competition will be judged by the Board.

In addition, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, lifetime achievement awards will be presented to individuals who have donated their time and energies to assist the Association over a period of years and to authors recognized for their exceptional contributions to MidAtlantic letters.

(*We will work to include other book formats in future years.)


The purpose of the MBPA book awards is to honor outstanding books by MidAtlantic Book Publishers and their authors and to bring attention to the quality of writing and publications being produced by MBPA members. The winners of the MBPA Awards will be celebrated at our annual Spring meeting (date, time and location to be announced.)

Deadline for entries: January 30, 2016

Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

• Fiction

• Poetry

• Biography/memoir

• History/general nonfiction

• A picture book for children

• A book for early readers (ages 6 to 8)

• A book for middle readers (ages 9 to 12)

• A book for young adults (ages 13 to 18)

Books will be judged based on three criteria:

1. Literary merit

2. Lasting importance

3. Overall quality of the publication

Awards: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place

Award monies to be determined by the number of entrants and funds collected in entry fees with award celebration expenses included.

Fee: $25 per entry (payable to MBPA)

Submissions need to include (2) copies of your book, a completed entry form for each book, and check payable to MBPA ($25 per entry).

Mailing address for entries is on the entry form:

MBPA Entry Form (PDF)

For more information, contact: Norwood Holland, norwoodholland@aim.com (202) 412-0642.

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