2023 Submissions are now closed

Submissions for the Colorado Book Awards were accepted September 1, 2022 – January 9, 2023 for books published for the first time in 2022 or the last quarter of 2021. Thank you to those that submitted their work!

The 2023 Colorado Book Awards finalists reading series will take place in April and May at various libraries in Colorado Springs — more information coming soon!

SAVE THE DATE for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards ceremony on Saturday, June 10 at Penrose House in Colorado Springs.

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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. 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 program coordinator Mary Hickey at mary@coloradohumanities.org 303.894.7951 x19

Colorado Book Awards 2022

2022 winners were announced at a celebration event on June 25, 2022 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Studio Loft in Denver. There were 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.

Winners and Finalists

(Winners pictured)


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

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

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)


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

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

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)

General Fiction

Mixed Company
by Jenny Shank
(Texas Review Press)

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

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

General Nonfiction

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

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)

Historical Fiction

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

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

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

Juvenile Literature

by Megan E. Freeman
(Simon & Schuster)

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

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

Literary Fiction

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

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

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)


We the Jury
by Wayne Miller
(Milkweed Editions)

Barefoot and Running
by Morgan Liphart
(Morgan Liphart)

by Ruth Obee
(Ruth Obee)

White Lung
by Kimberly O’Connor
(Saturnalia Books)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

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

Khyven the Unkillable
by Todd Fahnestock
(New Mythology Press)

Magic and Misrule
by KM Merritt
(Blue Fyre Press)


The Dead Husband: A Novel
by Carter Wilson

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

The Secret Next Door: A Novel
by Rebecca Taylor

Young Adult Literature

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

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

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.

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