Hello Friends!

Once again, IBPA is looking for book industry professionals with the credentials to serve as judges for the 31st annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, the most prestigious book awards program available to independent publishers and author publishers. We are looking for judges capable of judging print books, graphic novels, audiobooks....or all three! See http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com. We hope you're interested in applying.

The implicitly understood, deeply-held convictions that guide the spirit and nature of IBPA staff, board of directors, and volunteers (including our much appreciated IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program judges) are:

TRUST: moral, respectful, consistent
SERVICE: compassionate, caring, capable of "tough love"
LEADERSHIP: decisive, influential, professional
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, August 17, 2018

This "31st Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™  Program - Judges' Application" was developed to help us find the best possible judges for our program. Starting late August 2018, we will let everyone know if they've been chosen to judge this year's program. We will assign categories at this time, as well.

Thank you for your interest in serving the independent publishing community through the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program. We appreciate you!

Angela Bole
IBPA Chief Executive Officer 

Terry Nathan
IBPA Chief Operations Officer

* 1. Full Name:

* 2. Title:
(If retired, enter "Retired - [Previous Title]" where [ ] is your most recent professional title.)

* 3. Company:
(If retired, enter "Retired - [Previous Company]" where [ ] is your most recent employer.)

* 4. Physical Mailing Address:
(If you're chosen to judge for the print book program - as opposed to the audiobook program - this is where we will mail the books for review. Audiobooks will be picked up digitally from on online Dropbox.)

* 5. Email Address:

* 6. Phone Number:

* 7. Have you previously judged for IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards? If so, for how many years?

* 8. Are you interested in judging print books, audiobooks, or both?

* 9. Are you qualified to judge editorial, design, performance, or all three? (Check all that apply.)

* 10. Please pick UP TO ten (10) categories which you feel qualified to judge. You don't have to pick ten, but should pick at least three. The system will not allow you to pick more than ten.

  Pick up to 10 categories
Audiobooks: Fiction
Audiobooks: Nonfiction
Animal & Pet
Art & Photography
Autobiography & Memoir
Best New Voice: Children's/Young Adult (first book by a new author)
Best New Voice: Fiction (first book by a new author)
Best New Voice: Nonfiction (first book by a new author)
Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book – Children's/Young Adult (first book from a new publisher)
Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book - Fiction (first book from a new publisher)
Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book – Nonfiction (first book from a new publisher)
Body, Mind & Spirit
Business & Career
Children’s Picture Book (0 – 3 years)
Children’s Picture Book (4 – 7 years)
Coffee Table Book
Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult
Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 6” x 9”)
Cover Design: Small Format (6” x 9” or smaller)
Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
Fiction: Historical
Fiction: Mystery & Suspense
Fiction: Popular Fiction
Fiction: Romance
Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Gift Book (Small Format)
Graphic Novels
Health & Fitness
Interior Design: Adult
Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult
Nature & Environment
Parenting & Family
Political & Current Events
Professional & Technical
Sports & Recreation
Teen: Fiction (13 – 18 years)
Teen: Nonfiction (13 – 18 years)
Young Reader: Fiction (8 – 12 years)
Young Reader: Nonfiction (8 – 12 years)

* 11. Of the categories you picked above, please list your top three (3) choices as #1, #2, and #3.

* 12. In the space below, please list the media outlets and/or book review publications (outside of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™  program) that have featured your critique of other people's work. If none, write "N/A".

* 13. This year, all IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ judges will be required to participate and/or listen to a 30-minute orientation session via conference call. Are you able and willing to participate in this session?

* 14. This year, all IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ judges will be asked to submit their scores online through Survey Monkey (the survey platform you're using to complete this questionnaire right now). Are you willing and able to submit your scores online through Survey Monkey?

* 15. This year, all IBPA Benjmain Franklin Award™ judges will receive their first shipment of books in mid-October 2018 and their second shipment of books in mid-January 2019. All judging forms must be completed online through Survey Monkey by February 28, 2018. Does this timeline work for your schedule?

* 16. If you'd like, please provide feedback, comments, suggestions for program improvement here.

That's all the questions we have...thank you!

Click "Done" below to submit your survey answers. You will hear from us again in August 2018 when we assign judges to this year's program. We will assign categories at this time, as well. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Terry Nathan, IBPA's Chief Operations Officer, at terry@ibpa-online.org.

Thanks again for your time and interest!