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Colorado Book Awards

Winners of the 2020 Colorado Book Awards were announced and read briefly on Saturday, May 30, at a celebration event held at 4:00 p.m. To view, please click on the link to the Facebook Live video. (You do not need a Facebook account to watch in your browser.) Finalists filled two Zoom rooms for the traditional picture, and over one thousand viewed the Live program. An after-party for the winners and finalists was held via Zoom.

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Announcing the 2020 Colorado Book Award Winners

Anthology/Collection
Rise: An Anthology of Change edited by Northern Colorado Writers (Northern Colorado Writers, LLC)

Children’s Literature
Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Creative Nonfiction
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston (W.W. Norton & Company)

General Fiction
The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

General Nonfiction
Taste the Sweetness Later: Two Muslim Women in America by Connie Shoemaker (Amity Bridge Books)

History
Scholars of Mayhem: My Father’s Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France by Daniel C. Guiet and Timothy K. Smith (Penguin Press)

Juvenile Literature
Tree of Dreams by Laura Resau (Scholastic Press)

Literary Fiction
Burn Fortune by Brandi Homan (CLASH Books)

Mystery
Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Pictorial
Bird Parade by Patrick Loehr (Centipede Press)

Poetry
How To Dress a Fish by Abigail Chabitnoy (Wesleyan University Press)

Romance
Zapata, Book 1: The Border Series by Harper McDavid (Soul Mate Publishing)

Science Fiction/Fantasy
An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass (Tor Books)

Short Story Collection
Not a Thing to Comfort You by Emily Wortman-Wunder (University of Iowa Press)

Thriller
The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson (Sourcebooks)

Young Adult Literature
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (Simon Pulse, Simon & Schuster Children’s Division)

The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Awards are presented in 16 categories including 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, and young adult literature.

For more information, contact Chris Goff, 303.894.7951 x19 or goff@coloradohumanities.org.

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
Science Fiction/Fantasy
Thriller
Young Adult
*Lifetime Award
*Complete list of winners and finalists 2000-2020

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