Biographers International Organization bestows five major awards, honoring the world’s finest biographers, biographies, editors, and research librarians and archivists.

The BIO Award

Each year, Biographers International Organization presents its highest honor to an individual for contributions to advancing the art and craft of biography. Each honoree is presented with a bronze plaque and a cash prize.

The Plutarch

The Plutarch is the world’s only literary award given to biography by biographers. Named after the famous Ancient Greek biographer, the Plutarch winner is determined by secret ballot from a list of nominees selected by a committee of distinguished members of the craft.

The Hazel Rowley Prize

Starting in 2014, the Rowley Prize is awarded biennially for the best proposal by a first-time biographer. Winners receive a cash prize and the winning proposal is submitted for consideration by an established literary agent.

The Biblio Award

Created in 2012, the Biblio Award is presented to an outstanding librarian or archivist. Awardees are selected by the BIO Board of Directors, from nominations submitted by BIO members.

Editorial Excellence

First presented in 2014, the BIO Award for Editorial Excellence is presented to an outstanding editor, from nominations submitted by BIO members.