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. Judges for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards were:

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 2020 for the 2021 awards). Please see the submission guidelines to make sure that both you and your book meet the eligibility requirements. See all the details here.

The deadline for submitting books for consideration for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards was December 2, 2019. 

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.