At this time, we are not able to accept submissions for the 2021 awards cycle (for books published in 2020). We are not accepting online submission forms nor are we accepting physical books. We will update this page when that information changes.

The following information is for the 2020 Book Awards:

The Washington Center for the Book presents the annual Washington State Book Awards recognizing books that exemplify the best writing in the state during a given year. The purpose of the awards is to honor outstanding books by Washington authors, to recognize a diversity of voices, and to bring attention to the quality of writing being produced in Washington.

Awards will be given in eight categories for the 2020 book awards (for books published in 2019);

Categories for Adult Books:

  • Biography and Memoir
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction (e.g., narrative works, essays…),
  • General Nonfiction (e.g., cookbooks, gardening, guidebooks and other nonfiction books are eligible for this category)
  • Poetry

Categories for Children’s Books:

  • Picture Books
  • Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 12; includes chapter books and middle grade)
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 and up)

Definition of a Washington Author

 A Washington author is a writer (or the illustrator of a children’s picture book) who meets one of these criteria:

Is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years, or
Lived in Washington state as a primary residence for at least five years.

Selection Criteria

Books will be judged based on three criteria:

  • Quality of writing
  • Lasting importance
  • Quality of the publication (including design and production)

 

Guiding Policies for Judges

Quality of Writing: Books will be judged principally on the quality of the writing. Scholarly works are eligible if they are accessible and of interest to the non-specialist reader.
Overall quality of the publication: Production of the book, presentation, and documentation will also be considered.
Category assignment: Award administrators and judges may reassign a submitted book if they see it as a better fit in another category.
Books with multiple authors: A primary author of the work must meet the definition of Washington resident.
Authors who live in Washington part time: An author who lives in Washington part of the year and considers Washington to be home is eligible.
Previous winners: The fact that an author has received an award in a prior year does not disqualify a current book by that author.
Multiple books published in one year: An author may be recognized for more than one book published in a year.
Reprints: A title that is a new or updated edition, or reprinted material (e.g., from cloth to paper), will generally not be considered unless the original edition was not considered.
Books inadvertently omitted: A title that was inadvertently not considered one year is eligible for consideration the following year.
Art books, photography books, or books that are primarily illustration: With the exception of children’s picture books, those works that consist primarily of depictions of artwork and artists’ statements without original commentary will generally not be considered

 

At this time, we are not able to accept submissions for the 2021 awards cycle (for books published in 2020). We are not accepting online submission forms nor are we accepting physical books. We will update this page when that information changes.