Benjamin Franklin Essay Competition

 PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING THE 29TH ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ WINNERS!

Audience at the 29th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards held April 7, 2017 during IBPA’s Publishing University conference in Portland, Oregon.

Carolyn Wood, author of TOUGH GIRL: AN OLYMPIAN’S JOURNEY (Gold winner in the LGBT category).

ABOUT THE IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM

Celebrating excellence in independent publishing for 30 years

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.

 

ARE YOU READY TO ENTER A PROFESSIONAL BOOK AWARD COMPETITION?

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program accepts books published using all business models: traditional, self, hybrid, etc. Regardless of the business model used to produce the book, however, it’s important that the end product meets professional publishing standards.

Prior to entering the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, prospective entrants are encouraged to refer to IBPA’s Industry Standards Checklist for a Professionally Published Book for a 2-page checklist of items necessary for the professional presentation of any book.

 

WATCH WHAT HAPPENED AT THE 29TH ANNUAL CEREMONY!

 

JOIN US IN AUSTIN, TEXAS ON APRIL 6TH FOR THE 30TH ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM AWARD CEREMONY

Join IBPA as we honor the winners of our 30th annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™! The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™, which include over fifty categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for indie publishers and self-published authors. Held on the evening of April 6, 2018 in conjunction with IBPA Publishing University in Austin, Texas, the 2018 award ceremony is a gala dinner where all Gold winners receive an engraved trophy marking their achievement.

All category finalists and IBPA Publishing University registrants receive a complimentary ticket to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program ceremony. Email IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan terry@ibpa-online.org for more information.

 

ENTER THE 31ST ANNUAL IBPA BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AWARD™ PROGRAM

The 31st annual call for entries will open in late April 2018. All books with a copyright date of 2018 will be eligible. Complete eligibility details are available here; the deadlines for entry are below. We hope you’ll consider entering. Updated entry materials will be available here soon or you can review the 30th annual call for entries as a refresher. Questions? Please contact IBPA Chief Operations Officer Terry Nathan terry@ibpa-online.org.

FIRST CALL FOR ENTRIES: MAY 1, 2018 THRU SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Primarily for titles published January 1 – August 31, 2018

SECOND CALL FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 1, 2018 THRU DECEMBER 15, 2018
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2018

 

IBPA IS LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED BOOK AWARD JUDGES

Are you an expert in the fields of book editorial or design and interested in serving as a judge for the 31st annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program? We’d love to consider your application.

Complete this year’s Call for Judges survey by August 15, 2018 to be placed in consideration. Previous and prospective judges must both apply.

 

Photos from the 2017 ceremony | Photos from the 2016 ceremony | Photos from the 2015 ceremony

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive, four-week exchange program for young talented students aged 16-18, held each summer in the United States. The Institute is named after the distinguished American statesman and diplomat Benjamin Franklin. His legacy serves as inspiration to today’s young citizens seeking to explore how Americans and Europeans see each other and the world. The goal of the Institute is to foster relationships between American and European youth and to promote mutual understanding between the United States and Europe.

In 2018, U.S. Embassy Moscow invites high school teachers and tutors to nominate students for this program. The winner will travel to the United States in June-July to participate in an Institute held at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Students from Europe and the United States will take part in discussions on global issues, training sessions, workshops, community-based programs, study tours, and cultural events. The participants will work together to prepare a joint project that promotes the goals of the Institute.

Selection and Nomination

All forms should be completed in English.

For teachers and tutors: we’re looking for bright students who speak English well and would be an outstanding representative of Russia.  For additional information, please review the eligibility requirements.  Please complete the nomination and ask your student to fill out the application.

For High school students: talk to a teacher who knows you well about why you would like to participate in this program.  If your teacher agrees to nominate you, please fill out the application and ask them to complete the nomination.

The application (for students to fill out) can be downloaded here (MS Word, 82Kb). The nomination (for teachers to fill out) can be accessed here (MS Word, 81Kb).

Please submit the nomination and application forms together (in one email) to Academic Exchanges at US-RussiaExchanges@state.gov.

Please write “BFTF 2018 nomination: [LAST NAME, First Name]” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2018 (23:59 Moscow time). 

For questions, please call the office at (495) 728-5000, ext. 4925, or send an e-mail to US-RussiaExchanges@state.gov.

Semi-finalists will be contacted for a Skype interview in late February 2018.  The winner and alternate candidates will be announced in May 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

  • “Teacher-student” pairs must be unique. Teachers may not nominate more than one student. Students may only apply once.  Multiple applications will not be reviewed by the commission;
  • Nominated students must be born between June 22, 1999, and June 22, 2002 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time the program begins);
  • Students must be highly proficient in English, which will be tested during the semi-finalist interview;
    Note to teachers/tutors: nominators must have enough English language proficiency to be able to describe their student’s achievements and performance in the nomination;
  • Students must be committed to enrolling in (or continuing their studies at) high school or university in their home countries in Fall 2018, following completion of the institute;
  • Students should demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy; they should also indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States.
  • Teachers should pay particular attention to their student’s interest in learning about the United States (teachers of English, Social Studies, History, Literature or Economics should indicate if American aspect is included in their curricula);
  • As indicated by their nominating teacher, students should demonstrate a high level of academic achievement (academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations);
  • Preference will be given to students demonstrating a commitment to community and extracurricular activities and having little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience;
  • Students must be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive; they must be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel; they must also be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from across Europe and the United States; students must be comfortable engaging with the Americans they meet in the host communities and be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

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