Business Book Awards FAQ

Following are some commonly asked questions about the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards.


How much does it cost to submit a book?

It is free!

How many books can I enter?

Each publisher or imprint my enter up to 30 books.

What books are eligible?

Business books with a 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, agent, or author of the book.

Can I submit ebooks?

Yes, if a book is only published in ebook format. If a book is published in hardcover, you must submit that format for review copies.

When is the submission deadline?

October 7, 2019.

Who judges the awards?

The 800-CEO-READ Editorial Team serves as judges for the awards. 

Finished copies of my book will not be ready until after the deadline. Should I wait to send you those or send a bound manuscript/galley first?

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. Also please note that 800-CEO-READ moved locations in 2015. Please use our current address: 544 S. 1st St., Milwaukee, WI 53204.

What should I do about the entry form if I am sending books to you directly from a warehouse or other third party?
You can either print them out and send them separately or email them as a PDF to Blyth (

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 authors on the longlist 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 on January 16, 2020.

Who has won in previous years?

Last year, our Business Book of the Year was Anand Giridharadas' WINNERS TAKE ALL. You can see our full Awards history here.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Our Marketing Director, Blyth Meier, would be happy to answer any of your questions via email ( or phone (414-220-4456).