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Submit to the 2023 Colorado Book Awards!

Submissions for the 2023 Colorado Book Awards are open as of September 1, 2022 for books published for the first time in 2022 or the last quarter of 2021. The submission deadline is January 9, 2023.

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. Authors not currently Colorado residents who feel their work is connected to Colorado may submit a letter describing the connection. Independently published work is welcome. All entries must have a copyright page and an ISBN, and we strongly recommend all entries be professionally copyedited.

Questions? Contact Mary Hickey, Colorado Center for the Book Programs Coordinator at mary@coloradohumanities.org or 303.894.7951 x19.


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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.

All finalist books are available for order online at BookBar [9] and The Bookies Bookstore [10].

Winners and Finalists

(Winners pictured)


Shadow Atlas: Dark Landscapes of the Americas [11]
edited by Carina Bissett, Hillary Dodge, and Joshua Viola and illustrated by Aaron Lovett
(Hex Publishers)

All the Lives We Ever Lived, Volume 2 [12]
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 [13]
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 [14]
by David Philipps
(Penguin Random House)

The Girl Who Dared to Defy: Jane Street and the Rebel Maids of Denver [15]
by Jane Little Botkin
(University of Oklahoma Press)

Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo [16]
by Jennifer Koshatka Seman
(University of Texas Press)

Children’s Literature

Read Island [17]
by Nicole Magistro and illustrated by Alice Feagan
(Read Island LLC)

The Beak Book [18]
by Robin Page
(Simon & Schuster)

Hugsby [19]
by Dow Phumiruk
(Penguin Random House)

Creative Nonfiction

Desert Chrome: Water, a Woman, and Wild Horses in the West [20]
by Kathryn Wilder
(Torrey House Press)

The Next Everest: Surviving the Mountain’s Deadliest Day and Finding the Resilience to Climb Again [21]
by Jim Davidson
(St. Martin’s Press)

Bless the Birds: Living with Love in a Time of Dying [22]
by Susan J. Tweit
(She Writes Press)

General Fiction

Mixed Company [23]
by Jenny Shank
(Texas Review Press)

The Night of Many Endings [24]
by Melissa Payne
(Lake Union Publishing)

The Boundaries of Their Dwelling [25]
by Blake Sanz
(University of Iowa Press)

General Nonfiction

The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood [26]
by Julian Rubinstein
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors [27]
by Dave Jilk and Brad Feld
(Lioncrest Publishing)

Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self [28]
by Todd Mitchell
(Owl Hollow Press)

Historical Fiction

The Cape Doctor [29]
by E.J. Levy
(Little, Brown and Company)

Luther, Wyoming [30]
by Tomas Alamilla and Mario Acevedo
(Five Star Publishing)

Chloe’s Mistigri [31]
by Thomas L. Hall
(NoCo Publishing)

Juvenile Literature

Alone [35]
by Megan E. Freeman
(Simon & Schuster)

Noah McNichol and the Backstage Ghost [36]
by Martha Freeman
(Simon & Schuster)

Bats, Bandits, and Buggies: A Ruby and Maude Adventure [37]
by Nancy Oswald
(Burro Books)

Literary Fiction

What If We Were Somewhere Else [38]
by Wendy J. Fox
(Santa Fe Writers Project)

Site Fidelity: Stories [39]
by Claire Boyles
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Jeremy Bannister, or The Ups and Downs of an Aspiring Novelist [40]
by Gary Reilly (posthumously by Mark Stevens)
(Running Meter Press)


Red Rabbit on the Run [41]
by Jodi Bowersox
(JB Artistry)

Canyonlands Carnage: A National Park Mystery [42]
by Scott Graham
(Torrey House Press)

Break Bone Fever: A Finnerty and Liccione Mystery [43]
by Wanda Venters and Mary Rae
(Written Dreams Publishing)


We the Jury [44]
by Wayne Miller
(Milkweed Editions)

Barefoot and Running [45]
by Morgan Liphart
(Morgan Liphart)

Convergences [46]
by Ruth Obee
(Ruth Obee)

White Lung [47]
by Kimberly O’Connor
(Saturnalia Books)

Science Fiction/Fantasy

The Reincarnationist Papers [48]
by D. Eric Maikranz
(Blackstone Publishing)

Khyven the Unkillable [49]
by Todd Fahnestock
(New Mythology Press)

Magic and Misrule [50]
by KM Merritt
(Blue Fyre Press)


The Dead Husband: A Novel [51]
by Carter Wilson

My Heart is a Chainsaw [52]
by Stephen Graham Jones
(Simon & Schuster)

The Secret Next Door: A Novel [53]
by Rebecca Taylor

Young Adult Literature

Rise of the Red Hand [54]
by Olivia Chadha
(Erewhon Books)

To Break a Covenant [55]
by Alison Ames
(Page Street Publishing)

Girl on the Ferris Wheel [56]
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.

Anthology [126]
Biography [126]
Children’s Literature [126]
Creative Nonfiction [126]
General Fiction [126]
General Nonfiction [126]
Genre Fiction [126]
Historical Fiction [126]
History [126]
Juvenile Literature [126]
Literary Fiction [126]
Mystery [126]
Pictorial [126]
Poetry [126]
Romance [126]
Science Fiction/Fantasy [126]
Thriller [126]
Young Adult [126]
Lifetime Award [126]

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