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Finalists in the 2017 Washington State Book Awards.

The Washington State Book Awards honor works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

What books are eligible?
Books that are written by a Washington writer and published between January 1 and December 31 of the year prior to the award.

Books can be traditionally published or independently published. Please see the submission guidelines to make sure that both you and your book are eligible.

The submission deadline for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards (for books published in 2018) was Dec. 1, 2018. We are no longer accepting submissions.

Details for the 2020 Book Awards, for books published in 2019, will be posted in February. Please note that there will be changes to the categories and the criteria for “Washington author.”.

Who can submit/nominate a book?
Any author or publisher can submit a book for consideration for the Washington State Book Awards. Criteria, eligibility and deadlines here. Winners and finalists are named in eight categories.

Four categories for Books for Adults: Fiction, Poetry, Biography and Memoir, General Nonfiction.
Four categories for Books for Youth: Picture Books, Books for Younger Readers (ages 6 to 8), Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 to 12), Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18).

How are finalists and winners selected?
A panel of judges comprised of librarians and booksellers evaluate every book submitted. They determine the list of finalists and winners. Our current judges for the 2019 awards cycle are:

Judges for Books for Adults:

  • Kelly Evert, Owner, Village Books, Bellingham
  • Kalani Kapahua, Bookseller, Offsite Event Manager, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park
  • Zola Mumford, Librarian, North Seattle College, Seattle
  • Brian Soneda, retired librarian (former director of Mount Vernon City Library)
  • Jenna Zarzycki, librarian, King County Library System

Judges for Books for Youth:

Sheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian, Spokane County Library District
Chris Robert, Teacher-Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
Janelle Smith, Owner, Wishing Tree Books, Spokane

How will finalists be notified?
We will notify all finalists by July 1, 2019. The list of finalists will be available to the public in mid July and will be posted on this site.

How do I submit a book for consideration?
Check that the author meets our eligibility requirements, complete the online submission form, and make sure we receive copies of the book by the December 1, 2018 deadline! See all the details here.

Questions? Contact Linda Johns at The Seattle Public Library: linda.johns@spl.org.

We are grateful to the Amazon Literary Partnership for their generous support of the
2018 Washington State Book Awards.