In order to be eligible for submission, the following criteria must be met.

  • A primary contributor to the book must be a current Colorado resident engaged in ongoing literary work in the state, or with a personal history, identity, AND literary work that reflect a strong Colorado influence.
  • All submitted books must have a valid ISBN and a 2023 publication date. Exceptions are made for books with a publication date of October, November, or December 2022.

Self-published books are accepted, provided that they meet all eligibility requirements, and we strongly recommend that books be professionally edited.

The following are NOT eligible:

  • Reprinted editions or books containing previously published material UNLESS at least 50% of the book’s content is new (further documentation will be required)
  • Advance reading copies and galleys. If a book’s release date is after the submission deadline, the author or publisher must contact Colorado Humanities prior to January 5, 2024 to discuss a submission plan.
  • E-books
  • Plays or screenplays
  • Books written by staff or board members of Colorado Humanities

The final decision on a book’s eligibility is made by Colorado Humanities, and this decision will be binding.
Please read eligibility requirements carefully. Refunds will not be processed for ineligible books.