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About the Colorado Book Awards

The Colorado Book Awards annually celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. 2022 winners will be announced at a celebration event June 25, 2022, location forthcoming. We received 185 entries in 15 categories: anthology, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general nonfiction, general fiction, historical fiction, history, juvenile literature, literary fiction, mystery, poetry, science fiction/fantasy, thriller, and young adult literature. Volunteer selectors and judges from across Colorado read submissions to choose finalists and winners.

To learn more about, partner with, or sponsor the Colorado Book Awards, please contact Colorado Center for the Book Programs Coordinator Mary Hickey at or 303.894.7951 x19.

Finalists Read

4280 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212
Fridays at 7 p.m.

April 29 Literary Fiction & Poetry
May 6 Historical Fiction & Mystery
May 13 History & Biography
May 20 Anthology & General Fiction
May 27 Creative Nonfiction & General Nonfiction
June 3 Thriller & Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Bookies Bookstore
4315 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80246

April 29 Children’s Literature, 4 p.m.
June 5 Juvenile Literature & Young Adult Literature, 4:30 p.m.

Celebration—Saturday, June 25
Ellie Caulkins Opera House Studio Loft, 980 14th Street, Denver CO
Finalists Toast & Signing Reception 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Winners Announcement & Readings 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Dessert, Book Sale, & Signing 7 – 8 p.m.


Our Past Finalist Readings with live Q&As may be viewed on our Facebook or YouTube channels anytime.


Submit to the Colorado Book Awards

Submissions for the 2022 Colorado Book Awards opened September 15, 2021, and the postmark due date was January 7, 2022. We will begin accepting submissions for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards in September 2022 for all books published in 2022 and the last three months of 2021.

Colorado Book Awards 2022

All finalist books are available for order online at BookBar and The Bookies Bookstore.



All the Lives We Ever Lived, Volume 2
edited by Manuel Aragon and Roxanne Banks Malia
(Lighthouse Writers Workshop)

Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas
edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola and illustrated by Aaron Lovett
(Hex Publishers)

Tell It Slant: An Anthology of Creative Nonfiction by Writers from Colorado’s Prisons
edited by Elijah Null, Julie Rada, and Suzie Q. Smith
(University of Denver Prison Arts Initiative – LuxLit Press)


The Girl Who Dared to Defy: Jane Street and the Rebel Maids of Denver
by Jane Little Botkin
(University of Oklahoma Press)

Alpha: Eddie Gallagher and the War for the Soul of the Navy Seals
by David Philipps
(Penguin Random House)

Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo
by Jennifer Koshatka Seman
(University of Texas Press)

Children’s Literature

Read Island
by Nicole Magistro and illustrated by Alice Feagan
(Read Island LLC)

The Beak Book
by Robin Page
(Simon & Schuster)

by Dow Phumiruk
(Penguin Random House)

Creative Nonfiction

The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again
by Jim Davidson
(St. Martin’s Press)

Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying
by Susan J. Tweit
(She Writes Press)

Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West
by Kathryn Wilder
(Torrey House Press)

General Fiction

The Night of Many Endings
by Melissa Payne
(Lake Union Publishing)

Mixed Company
by Jenny Shank
(Texas Review Press)

The Boundaries of Their Dwelling
by Blake Sanz
(University of Iowa Press)

General Nonfiction

The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors
by Dave Jilk and Brad Feld
(Lioncrest Publishing)

Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self
by Todd Mitchell
(Owl Hollow Press)

The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood
by Julian Rubinstein
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

Historical Fiction

Luther, Wyoming
by Tomas Alamilla and Mario Acevedo
(Five Star Publishing)

Chloe’s Mistigri
by Thomas L. Hall
(NoCo Publishing)

The Cape Doctor
by E.J. Levy
(Little, Brown and Company)


Queen City: A Brief History and Illustrated Architecture New and Old of Denver, Colorado
by Karl Christian Krumpholz
(Tinto Press)

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue
by Adrian Miller
(The University of North Carolina Press)

Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads
by Martin J. Smith
(Bower House)

Juvenile Literature

Noah McNichol and the Backstage Ghost
by Martha Freeman
(Simon & Schuster)

by Megan E. Freeman
(Simon & Schuster)

Bats, Bandits, and Buggies: A Ruby and Maude Adventure
by Nancy Oswald
(Burro Books)

Literary Fiction

Site Fidelity: Stories
by Claire Boyles
(W. W. Norton & Company)

What If We Were Somewhere Else
by Wendy J. Fox
(Santa Fe Writers Project)

Jeremy Bannister, or The Ups and Downs of an Aspiring Novelist
by Gary Reilly (posthumously by Mark Stevens)
(Running Meter Press)


Red Rabbit on the Run
by Jodi Bowersox
(JB Artistry)

Canyonlands Carnage: A National Park Mystery
by Scott Graham
(Torrey House Press)

Break Bone Fever: A Finnerty and Liccione Mystery
by Wanda Venters and Mary Rae
(Written Dreams Publishing)


Barefoot and Running
by Morgan Liphart
(Morgan Liphart)

We the Jury
by Wayne Miller
(Milkweed Editions)

by Ruth Obee
(Ruth Obee)

White Lung
by Kimberly O’Connor
(Saturnalia Books)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Khyven the Unkillable
by Todd Fahnestock
(New Mythology Press)

The Reincarnationist Papers
by D. Eric Maikranz
(Blackstone Publishing)

Magic and Misrule
by KM Merritt
(Blue Fyre Press)


My Heart is a Chainsaw
by Stephen Graham Jones
(Simon & Schuster)

The Secret Next Door: A Novel
by Rebecca Taylor

The Dead Husband: A Novel
by Carter Wilson

Young Adult Literature

To Break a Covenant
by Alison Ames
(Page Street Publishing)

Rise of the Red Hand
by Olivia Chadha
(Erewhon Books)

Girl on the Ferris Wheel
by Julie Halpern and Len Vlahos
(Macmillan Publishing)

Past Winners and Finalists

Congratulations to our winners and finalists! Click the buttons below to view category definitions and past award recipients.

Children’s Literature
Creative Nonfiction
General Fiction
General Nonfiction
Genre Fiction
Historical Fiction
Juvenile Literature
Literary Fiction
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Young Adult
Lifetime Award

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