The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado's outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers. Awards are presented in at least ten categories including anthology/collection, biography, children's, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry and young adult.


Submissions are welcome for books published in the prior calendar year. Submission deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017.


To be eligible for a Colorado Book Award, a primary contributor to the book must be a Colorado writer, editor, illustrator or photographer. Current Colorado residents are eligible, as are individuals engaged in ongoing literary work in the state and authors whose personal history, identity or literary work reflect a strong Colorado influence. Authors who are not currently Colorado residents but feel their work is inspired by or connected to Colorado should submit a letter with his or her entry describing the connection. Independently published work is welcome.


All entry forms must be submitted online. Submissions for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards open on September 15, 2016. Click here to submit or type the following URL into your address bar: coloradohumanities.submittable.com/submit.

For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, bess@coloradohumanities.org.