About the 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. 

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. 

How do I submit a book for consideration?
A book is eligible if it is written by a Washington state author and published between January 1 and December 31 of the year prior to the award. For instance, the 2022 WSBA is for books published in 2021.  Please see the submission guidelines to make sure that both you and your book meet the eligibility requirements. You’ll also find the online entry form on that same page.

The deadline to submit a 2021 book for consideration for the 2022 awards is January 20, 2022.


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
Washington State Book Awards.