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2017 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards call for entries is now open!

August 08, 2017


Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2017 is eligible and submissions to the awards are free.

800-CEO-READ invites submissions for the company’s 11th annual Business Book Awards, which recognize the best books in the ever-expanding business genre, and all the people in the industry who help bring them to life.

Award winners are determined by 800-CEO-READ’s editorial staff, who have a combined 65+ years of business book industry experience. Each book is judged on the originality and applicability of its ideas and quality of the writing. The new categories launched in 2016 remain in place for a second year, aimed at recognizing a broader range of books working towards more humane, diverse, modern, and effective businesses, stronger communities, and a better world.

“As we enter our second decade of honoring the best in business books, we are more passionate than ever about the power of the book to create long-lasting and meaningful change in the lives of all working people,” said 800-CEO-READ General Manager Sally Haldorson. “Our company’s late owner, A. David Schwartz, believed that the ‘true profit in bookselling is the social profit; the bottom line, the measure of the impact of the books on the community,’ and our book awards shine a light on those books that similarly make business and business culture better.”


Any business book published in the U.S. within the year 2017 is eligible within the following categories:

Leadership & Strategy
Seeing the big picture, making decisions, and inspiring the organization. 

Management & Workplace Culture
Motivating people, guiding processes, and managing projects.

Marketing & Sales
Building audience, creating customers, and driving loyalty.

Innovation & Creativity
Thinking creatively, designing solutions, and fostering entrepreneurship.

Personal Development & Human Behavior
Growing as people, understanding others, and building a career.

Current Events & Public Affairs
Expanding awareness, exploring the world, and building better business communities.

Narrative & Biography
Learning from the stories of individuals, companies, and industries.

Big Ideas & New Perspectives
Imagining the future and exploring possibilities


The submission window closes Thursday, September 28, 2017. Submissions to the awards are free.

More information, the entry form, and instructions can be found here.


Other key announcement dates for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards for 2017 are:

  • November 7th: Longlist announcement
  • December 5th: Shortlist announcement
  • January 18th: Business Book of the Year and Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry revealed at the company’s awards celebration and publishing industry gathering in New York City

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