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2019 Business Book Awards

Silicon Valley has always painted its intentions in a utopian hue: to connect humanity, democratize access to information, to disrupt an old order of entrenched power and usher in a new, more equitable and innovative age. But, as global business columnist and associate editor at the Financial Times Rana Foroohar lays out in her new book, “the supposedly decentralized Internet economy has spawned a handful of ruthless oligopolies that have begun to use their power to undermine start-up growth, job creation, and labor markets.” 

Their disruption of labor markets and local economies has created an even greater need for government investment to help lift up those left behind, investment that is dependent on tax revenue that Big Tech firms now actively avoid. Big Tech is also introducing systemic financial risk by essentially acting like a bank while be free of the regulations and transparency that guide such institutions. And, of course, there are issues of personal privacy, internet addiction, monopoly power, the undermining of innovation and competitive free markets, and the survival of our very democracy swirling around it all. But Foroohar doesn’t just point out the many transgressions coming out of Silicon Valley and the challenges they pose to us as a society, she also offers solutions, from a “national commission on the future of data and digital technology” to a digital New Deal to ensure employment and “remake the real economy for the digital age.” 

See the other 2019 winners

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 books we choose are not always what most would consider a traditional business book, they are the books we believe are the most important for businesses to consider.


Any business book originally published in 2019 and available in the United States. Books must be submitted by the publisher, agent, or author of the book.

Judging Criteria

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 August  26, 2019. All submissions must be postmarked by October 7, 2019. The longlist will be announced in November, and the shortlist in December. The Business Book of the Year will be announced in January 2020.

Thank you for your submissions!

The 2019 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 on January 17, 2020. If you want to be the first to hear about the winners, sign up for our newsletter below!

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Book Awards

  • How much does it cost to submit a book?

    It is free!

  • 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 2019.

  • 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.

  • Can I submit ebooks?

    Only if a book is not available in physical format.

  • When is the submission deadline?

    All books must be entered online and review copies postmarked by Monday, October 7, 2019.

  • Who judges the awards?

    The Porchlight Editorial Team serves as the awards jury.

  • Finished copies of my book will not be ready until after the submission deadline. Should I wait to send you those?

    No, as our jury starts reading books before the deadline. Please send bound manuscripts (loose sheets not accepted) or galleys until the time that you can send the two finished copies.

  • 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.

  • Is there anything I should know about shipping the review copies?

    Please do not use paper-filled mailers, as they fall apart easily.

  • How can I get the entry form to you if I am sending books directly from a warehouse or other third party?

    You can either print them out and mail them separately or email Gabbi at gabbi@porchlightbooks.com and inform her that you'll need your entry form printed at our offices.


    Porchlight Book Company
    c/o Gabbi Cisneros, Digital Marketing Specialist
    544 S. 1st Street
    Milwaukee, WI 53204

  • Can review copies be returned to me?

    Unfortunately, they cannot.

  • If the author is not available to attend the awards party, is their book still eligible?

    Yes! While we love to have as many longlist authors as possible at our event, we realize that schedules are hard to coordinate. The availability of the author or publisher for the party will have no effect on the outcome of the awards.

  • 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 our full Awards history here.

How can we help?

Blyth Meier, our Marketing Director, is happy to answer your questions. 

414-220-4456 | blyth@porchlightbooks.com

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