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:

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.

We are unable to accept submissions for the 2021 awards cycle (for books published in 2020) at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to accept deliveries in March and April. 

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.