Hello Friends!

Once again, IBPA is looking for book industry professionals with the credentials to serve as judges for the 32nd 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 31, 2019

This "32nd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™  Program - Judges' Application" was developed to help us find the best possible judges for our program. Starting early September 2019, 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

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* 1. Full Name:

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

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

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* 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.)

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* 5. Email Address:

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* 6. Phone Number:

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

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

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* 9. PRINT: Are you qualified to judge editorial, design, or audiobooks?

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* 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 as many categories as you'd like. You will be assigned just one.
Audiobooks: Fiction
Audiobooks: Nonfiction
Animals & Pets
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)
Biography
Body, Mind & Spirit
Business & Career
Children’s Picture Book (0 – 3 years)
Children’s Picture Book (4 – 7 years)
Coffee Table Book
Cookbook
Cover Design: Children's/Young Adult
Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 6.5” x 9.5”)
Cover Design: Small Format - Fiction (6.5” x 9.5” or smaller)
Cover Design: Small Format (6.5” x 9.5” or smaller)
Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
Education
Fiction: General Fiction
Fiction: Historical
Fiction: Horror
Fiction: Mystery & Thriller
Fiction: Romance
Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Gift Books
Graphic Novels
Health & Fitness
History
Humor
Inspirational
Interior Design
Interior Design: Children's/Young Adult
LGBTQ
Multicultural
Nature & Environment
Parenting & Family
Poetry
Political & Current Events
Professional & Technical
Psychology
Reference
Regional
Religion
Self-Help
Sports & Recreation
Teen: Fiction (13 – 18 years)
Teen: Nonfiction (13 – 18 years)
Travel
Young Reader: Fiction (8 – 12 years)
Young Reader: Nonfiction (8 – 12 years)

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* 11. Of the categories you picked above, please list your top five (5) choices in order or preference.

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* 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". If you have provided this information in the past and nothing has changed, please list "previously provided."

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* 13. This year, all IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ judges will be required to participate and/or listen to a 45-minute orientation session via conference call. Are you able and willing to participate in this session?

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* 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?

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* 15. This year, all IBPA Benjmain Franklin Award™ judges will receive their first shipment of books in mid-October 2019 and their second shipment of books in mid-January 2020. All judging forms must be completed online through Survey Monkey by February 29, 2020. Does this timeline work for your schedule?

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

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

NEXT STEPS:
Click "Done" below to submit your survey answers. You will hear from us again in September 2019 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!

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