The Eric Hoffer Award

7 January 2009

The Eric Hoffer Award (formerly the Writers’ Notes Award) for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing. The winning stories and essays are awarded prizes and published annually in the anthology, Best New Writing, along with the results of the book awards.

The Prizes
Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $500 award for short prose and a $1,500 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st.

If you are ready to register for an Eric Hoffer Award, please use one of the easy procedures or forms below:

Prose Submission Page
Book Nomination Form

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