Colorado Book Awards Categories

Laura Resau of Fort Collins accepts her Colorado Book Award in Young Adult Fiction for her second novel Red Glass. Photo by Paul Docktor

Anthology/Collection

A collection of poems, stories or essays by one or more authors, with a compiler or editor other than the author. (Collections of stories or poetry by a single author, without an editor, should be submitted in the Poetry or Fiction category.)

Children's Literature

Books for beginning readers, including easy readers, picture books, nonfiction and children's poetry collections. This category is judged by teams of children and adults.

Creative Nonfiction

Dramatic, true stories using scenes, dialogue, detailed descriptions and other techniques usually employed by poets and fiction writers. Subjects range from politics, race relations, and economics to sports, the arts and sciences, and family relations. This category includes, but is not limited to, autobiography and memoir.

General Fiction

A book of fiction with a focus on story/plot and characterization. Not typically experimental. May include novellas and short story collections. If Historical Fiction or Short Story Collection receives enough entries in an awards year, a Colorado Book Award will be given in the category.

General Nonfiction

A nonfiction book that does not fit into another category, including guide books, educational texts, inspirational/spirituality, self-discovery/relationships, mental health, practical living, reference, nature and recreation, biographies of people born in the 20th century, etc. If a subcategory receives enough entries in an awards year, a Colorado Book Award will be given for that particular category.

Genre Fiction

A book of fiction written in a popular genre or style, including mystery, fantasy, romance and science fiction. May include novellas and short story collections. If a genre receives enough entries in an awards year, a Colorado Book Award will be given for that particular genre.

History

A nonfiction book of history, including biographies of people born earlier than the 20th century. If Biography receives enough entries in an awards year, a Colorado Book Award will be given for it.

Juvenile Literature

A work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry for middle readers. This category is judged by teams of children and adults.

Literary Fiction

A book of fiction with a focus on character and language and less of a focus on story/plot. May be experimential. May include novellas and short story collections. If Historical Fiction or Short Story Collection receives enough entries in an awards year, a Colorado Book Award will be given in the category.

Pictorial

A book strongly focused on photographs either by a Colorado photographer or of a Colorado subject. Books in this category will be judged primarily on their illustrative content.

Poetry

A book-length collection of poetry by a single writer. Chapbooks of at least 30 pages are also eligible.

Spanish/Translation

A book from any genre written in Spanish or a book from any genre translated from any language to English.

Young Adult Literature

A work of fiction, nonfiction or poetry for young adults. This category is judged by teams of children and adults.