Project Description

Colorado Book Awards

Submissions for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards will open on Monday, September 16, 2019 for books published in 2019 and the last quarter of 2018 with a submission deadline of January 6, 2020. There is no nomination process; authors and publishers may complete a submission form directly for an eligible title. A link to the online submission form will be available on this page on September 16.

To be eligible for a Colorado Book Award, a primary contributor to the book must be a Colorado writer, editor, illustrator, or photographer. Current Colorado residents are eligible, as are individuals engaged in ongoing literary work in the state and authors whose personal history, identity, and literary work reflect a strong Colorado influence. Independently published work is welcome. All entries must have a copyright page and an ISBN, and we strongly recommend all entries be professionally edited. For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, bess@coloradohumanities.org.

2019 Colorado Book Award Winners 

Anthology/Collection
Mile High Stories: 25 Years of Our Best Writing, edited by Geoff Van Dyke (Bower House)

Children’s Literature
The Little i Who Lost His Dot by Kimberlee Gard, illustrated by Sandie Sonke (Familius)

Creative Nonfiction
Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir by Adam Cayton-Holland (Touchstone, Simon & Schuster)

General Fiction
Go Ask Fannie: A Novel by Elisabeth Hyde (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Random House)

General Nonfiction
The Doggie in the Window: How One Dog Led Me from the Pet Store to the Factory Farm to Uncover the Truth of Where Puppies Really Come From by Rory Kress (Sourcebooks)

History
The Woolly West: Colorado’s Hidden History of Sheepscapes by Andrew Gulliford (Texas A&M University Press)

Juvenile Literature
Del Toro Moon by Darby Karchut (Owl Hollow Press)

Literary Fiction
Mad Boy: A Novel by Nick Arvin (Europa Editions)

Mystery
Death by G-String: A Coyote Canyon Ladies Ukulele Club Mystery by C. C. Harrison (Written Dreams Publishing)

Poetry
Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen (Omnidawn Publishing)

Science Fiction/Fantasy
While Gods Sleep by L. D. Colter (Tam Lin Publishing)

Thriller
Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

Young Adult Literature
500 Words or Less by Juleah Del Rosario (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster)

To celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, and illustrators, Colorado Book Awards are presented in at least ten categories including anthology/collection, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, genre fiction, history, pictorial, poetry, and young adult literature.

For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, bess@coloradohumanities.org.

CBA Categories

Anthology/Collection

Biography

Children’s Literature

Creative Nonfiction

General Fiction

General Nonfiction

Genre Fiction

History

Juvenile Literature

Literary Fiction

Pictorial

Poetry

Spanish/Translation

Young Adult Literature

Colorado Book Awards

Submissions for the 2020 Colorado Book Awards will open in mid-September 2019 for books published in 2019 with a submission deadline of January 6, 2020!

Winners and Finalists

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

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