Project Description

Colorado Book Awards

The Colorado Book Awards annually celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. In 2020, we received 211 entries in 16 categories: anthology/collection, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, history, juvenile literature, literary fiction, mystery, pictorial, poetry, romance, science fiction/fantasy, short story, thriller, and young adult literature. Finalists will be announced in March and read in April 2021. Winners will be announced in May.

To be eligible for submission, 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. Books must have been published for the first time in 2020. Exceptions are made for books published in October, November, or December 2019. Reprinted editions or books previously published in another form do not qualify. Independently published work is welcome, provided it has an ISBN number.

Please complete our online form, submit your $53 fee, either online or by check, and send 7 copies of your book to Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, 7935 E Prentice Avenue, Suite 450, Greenwood Village CO 80111.

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book’s Book Awards Advisory Committee assigns volunteer selectors and judges to panels of diverse readers (e.g., scholars, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and writers) from across the state. The Book Awards judging process has two parts. Selection of finalists begins November 2020 and is completed by the end of February 2021. Judging of finalists begins March 1, 2021 and is completed by April 1, 2021.

Selectors help choose three finalist books in a given Colorado Book Award category and then Judges help choose a Colorado Book Award winner from the three finalists. If you are interested in volunteering to select or judge for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards, please fill out and submit your application. If you have previously applied, please update your application to make sure we have the correct contact information. Please do not submit to select or judge in a category you may be entering or participated in the year before.

If you have any additional questions please email goff@coloradohumanities.org, or call 303.894.7951 x19.

CBA Categories

Anthology/Collection

Children’s Literature

Creative Nonfiction

General Fiction

General Nonfiction

History

Juvenile Literature

Literary Fiction

Mystery

Pictorial

Poetry

Romance

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Short Story Collection

Thriller

Young Adult Literature

Colorado Book Awards

Submissions for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards will open in mid-September 2020 for books published in 2020. Submission deadline January 2021!

Winners and Finalists

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

Anthology
Biography
Children’s Literature
Creative Nonfiction
General Fiction
General Nonfiction
Genre Fiction
History
Juvenile Literature
Literary Fiction
Mystery
Pictorial
Poetry
Romance
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Thriller
Young Adult
*Lifetime Award

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