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8th Annual Washington State Zine Contest Winners Announced!

Winners and Honorable Mentions of the 8th Annual Washington State Zine Contest have been announced! Pre-4th Grade Nobody Knows Me Better Than I Know Myself by Ofelia Thompson Gilbert Grades ...
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Congratulations to Arianne True, 2023-2025 Washington State Poet Laureate!

Congratulations to Arianne True 2023-2025 Washington State Poet Laureate! In conjunction with National Poetry Month, Governor Jay Inslee has appointed poet Arianne True as the next Washington State Poet Laureate ...
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Meet our 2023 WSBA Judges!

Meet our 2023 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) Judges! We are thrilled to introduce our wonderful panel of 2023 Washington State Book award judges who are currently deep into reading ...
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Our mission

The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy and a love of books, reading, and libraries. We celebrate Washington’s robust literary heritage and shine a spotlight on the contribution of reading and libraries in strengthening communities and in fostering civic engagement.

How will we achieve our mission

If you are a writer, visit our “For Writers” tab.  Find information about classes, workshops and conferences for Washington writers.

Did you write a book this year which you feel is “the one” and want to gain recognition? The “Washington State Book Awards” tab provides you with information about how to submit a book for consideration as well as links to past book award finalists and winners.

Maybe you just plain LOVE books.  The “For Book Lovers” tab provides a link to a map of the libraries and independent bookstores in Washington where you can get your hands on all the wonderful books you read about.