2019 Washington State Book Awards Celebration

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7 p.m.
at The Seattle Public Library’s Central Library in downtown Seattle.
An awards ceremony honoring the finalists and winners
followed by a reception and book signing.
The awards celebration is free and open to the public!

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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. The 2019 finalists will be announced on this site on July 16, 2019 by end of day.

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. Judges for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards 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, 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 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 (published in 2018 for the 2019 awards; in 2019 for the 2020 awards). Please see the submission guidelines to make sure that both you and your book meet the eligibility requirements.The 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.