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Porchlight Business Book Awards 2019 Submissions are Now Closed

Thank you so much for your interest in our awards! If you have already submitted your book online, don't forget to finish your entry by sending two copies of the book to our office: 

Porchlight Book Company
Attn: Book Awards
544 S. 1st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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. We wish you the best of luck!


Book Awards

View the Book Awards Page

  • 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.

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