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.

Eligibility

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.

Judging Criteria

Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and quality of the writing.

Categories

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

Deadline

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.

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FAQ

Book Awards

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  • 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 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.

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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