Business Book Awards
Since 2007, the Porchlight Business Book Awards have recognized the best books in the business genre every year, and all the people who help bring them to life.
About the Awards
We believe that books can help create more humane, diverse, modern, and effective businesses, stronger communities, and a better world. The Porchlight Business Book Awards exist to recognize the best books published every year, and all the people who helped bring them to life. While the books we choose are not always what most would consider traditional business books, they are the books we believe are the most important for businesses to consider.
Any business book originally published in 2020 and available in the United States. Books must be submitted by the publisher, agent, or author of the book.
Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and quality of the writing.
Awards are given in the following eight categories:
- Leadership & Strategy
- Management & Workplace Culture
- Marketing & Sales
- Innovation & Creativity
- Personal Development & Human Behavior
- Current Events & Public Affairs
- Narrative & Biography
- Big Ideas & New Perspectives
Call for entries will open on September 1, 2020. All submissions must be received digitally by October 2, 2020. The longlist will be announced in November, and the shortlist in December. The Business Book of the Year will be announced in January 2021.
Thank you for your submissions!
The 2020 Call for Entries is now closed. The longlist will be announced in November, and the shortlist in December. The Business Book of the Year will be announced in January 2021.
2018 Business Book Awards
Our 2018 Winner
Flatiron Room, NYC
The 2018 Shortlist
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeomo Oluo (Seal Press)
by Kat Holmes (MIT Press)
by Lucie Greene (Counterpoint Press)
Jack Covert, Seth Godin, and Carol Grossmeyer
We believe in books.
Andrew Koenig, Kim Petty, and Dylan Schleicher
Crowd at the Flatiron
Wendy Wolf and Rebecca Schwartz
Our staff meeting new friends
Congratulating authors and publishers on their amazing work
Priya Parker & Dan Pink
A room packed with book lovers
Lucie Green & Andy Hunter
Meeting new & old friends
The awards begin!
Seth Godin receives the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry
Our founder, Jack Covert
Seth Godin & Helene Godin
Celebrating the winners
Priya reads her husband Anand's acceptance speech via text from London.
Our Business Book of the Year
Top honors went to WINNERS TAKE ALL by Anand Giridharadas
How much does it cost to submit a book?
How many books can I enter?
Each publisher or imprint may enter up to 30 books.
Which books are eligible for submission?
Any business book with a U.S. publication date in 2020.
I am a business book reader, and I want to submit my favorite book. Can I do that?
Books must be submitted by the publisher, publicist, agent, or author of the book.
When is the submission deadline?
October 2, 2020.
Who judges the awards?
The Porchlight Editorial Team serves as the awards jury.
Can I save my entry form and finish later?
Unfortunately, you cannot. Please have all the required information on hand before you start the form.
What file formats do you accept for ebook files?
We prefer EPUB, ACSM, or PDF files.
When will the awards be announced?
The Awards Longlist will be announced in November, the Shortlist in December, and the Book of the Year in January 2021.
Who has won in previous years?
Last year, our Business Book of the Year was Rana Foroohar's Don't Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles–And All of Us. You can see more of 2019's Business Book Awards winners here.