The Eric Hoffer Award was founded at the start of the 21st century to honor freethinking writers and independent books of exceptional merit. The commercial environment for today’s writers has all but crushed the circulation of ideas. It seems strange that in the Information Age, many books are blocked from wider circulation, and powerful writing is barred from publication or buried alive on the internet. Furthermore, many of the top literary presses will not consider independent books, choosing instead to become the marketing arms of large presses.
The Hoffer honored books are from small, academic, and micro presses, including self-published offerings. Today, small and academic presses struggle in this same environment. The Hoffer will continue to be a platform for and the champion of the independent voice. Winners of the Hoffer are given prizes, honors, and worldwide media exposure, as well as being covered in the US Review of Books.
Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the First Horizon Award for superior work by debut authors. The First Horizon Award was introduced in 2012. Eric Hoffer Award Website
I’m proud to announce that Life in the Neck New Friends by Davies and Sikorsikia received the First Horizon Award with notification within the following email:
“Congratulations! Your title has won the First Horizon Award for the current Eric Hoffer Award season. The First Horizon Award is given each year to the highest scoring books by debut authors. This is a special distinction beneath the Eric Hoffer Award umbrella. (Your book is still being considered for category, press, and grand prizes.)”
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* Chicago 1871, James E. Merl, XlibrisUS
* Defying the Verdict, Charita Cole Brown, Curbside Splendor Publishing
* Gather & Make, Genevieve Layman, Azara
* Life in the Neck, Diane Davies, Beaver’s Pond Press
* Rosie, A Detroit Herstory, Bailey Sisoy Isgro, Nicole Lapointe (illustrator), Wayne State University Press
* The Seven Gifts, The Sailor, Strange Land
* The Sunshine Land, David Wedd, AuthorHouseUK
* The Wonder That Was Ours, Alice Hatcher, Dzanc Books