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, children's literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, genre fiction, history, pictorial, poetry and young adult literature.

We opened for submissions for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards on Monday, September 17, 2018 with a deadline of Monday, January 7, 2019. You can find our online entry form here:

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 and 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 submitted books must have a printed ISBN, and we strongly recommend that books be professionally edited.

Submissions for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards are welcomed for books published in the calendar year 2018 or November or December 2017. A $53 entry fee payable by check or credit card and seven copies of the book are due with each online entry form.

For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361,

Colorado Book Award Audio Recordings

2017 Finalist Reading Series

Friday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., BookBar Denver
Science Fiction and Fantasy, Sleeper Protocol by Kevin Ikenberry, Lost Time by D. L. Orton, and Amaryllis and Other Stories by Carrie Vaughn
Mystery, Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima and Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
Thriller, DED Reckoning: Vengeance Takes a Road Trip by Larry "Animal" Garner, The Coalition by Samuel Marquis, and Revelation by Carter Wilson

2016 Lit Crawl Reading

Friday, September 2, 6 p.m., Mermaid Fine Books, Denver
Literary Fiction, How To Walk Away by Lisa Birman
Short Story Collection, Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin
Young Adult Literature, Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
General Nonfiction, Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman

2016 Finalist Reading Series

Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. BookBar Denver
Historical Fiction, And The Wind Whispered by Dan Jorgensen
History, Colorado: A Historical Atlas by Thomas J. Noel and Old Blue's Road: A Historian's Motorcycle Journeys in the American West by James Whiteside
Short Story Collection, Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin and The Skull of Pancho Villa and Other Stories by Manuel Ramos

Sunday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., BookBar Denver
Young Adult Literature, Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Juvenile Literature, Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose

Friday, April 15, 7 p.m., BookBar Denver
Mystery, The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio 
Science Fiction/Fantasy, Lord Byron's Prophecy by Sean Eads
Thriller, The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson and Dark Waters: A Thriller by Chris Goff

Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., BookBar Denver
Children's Literature, Do Princesses Make Happy Campers? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrated by Mike Gordon and Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! by Todd Tuell, illustrated by Tad Carpenter


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