Alright, book awards from California:
From their website:
Since 1931, the California Book Awards have honored the exceptional literary merit of California writers and publishers. Each year a select jury considers hundreds of books in search of the very best in literary achievement. Eligible books must be written while the author is a resident of California, and they must be published during the year under consideration.
Awards are presented in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, First Work of Fiction, Poetry, Californiana, Notable Contribution to Publishing, Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature.
Books may be nominated by authors or publishers. There’s no fee to enter 🙂 and this is their description of the jury:
The Awards Jury is comprised of 12-15 California literary-minded professionals. The specific make-up is subject to change, but we are dedicated to a diverse range of views, backgrounds and literary experience. At The Commonwealth Club of California, we strive to have our Jury represent various cultural and aesthetic backgrounds and have the thorough knowledge of science and history necessary to deliberate the merits of all book entries. – See more at: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/special-events/california-book-awards/faq#sthash.MPKEU1S3.dpuf
(Formerly Bay Area Book Reviewers Association/BABRA)
NCBR/NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BOOK REVIEWERS, a volunteer group of book reviewers, book review editors, and others who read passionately and write about reading, have met regularly since 1981 to recommend and celebrate books by presenting annual book awards to northern California authors. [See the 2012 NCBA page for the complete list of the finalists and winners for books published in 2011.]
Each year SCIBA awards books in the following categories; fiction, non fiction, mystery, art, architecture & photography, children’s novel and children’s picture book. SCIBA’s award recipients are the best in their category, loved by Southern California booksellers & represent the incredible literary talent in Southern California.
Nominations are now being accepted and must be received by July 15, 2013. SCIBA Bookstore employees vote first to select three finalists in each category and second to select a recipient.
Fiction, Nonfiction, T. Jefferson Mystery Award, children’s novel & children’s picture book:
- Open to authors and illustrators of all publishers
- Books must have been published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 preferably reflecting the Southern California culture or experience.
- Author and/or Illustrator must reside within the SCIBA region (geographically from Morro Bay south to Mexican border, east to the Arizona / Nevada borders).
- Nominations may be made by booksellers, publishers, authors and others in the bookselling industry.
Glenn Goldman Art, Architecture & Photography Award:Glenn had a love for and felt strongly about recognizing talent from all over the world. Therefore, to honor Glenn, for this category the author / artist does not need to reside within the SCIBA region to be recognized and honored.
- Open to authors / artists of all publishers
- Books must have been published between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013
- Nominations may be made by booksellers, publishers, authors and others in the bookselling industry.
To submit your nominations please click here including the following information:
Title, publisher, ISBN, publisher contact (email & phone number) and category
What is CYRM?
The California Young Reader Medal (CYRM) program encourages recreational reading of popular literature among the young people of our state. Since its inception in 1974, millions of California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal.
Young people recommend the titles of their favorite books for nomination, or teachers and librarians note repeatedly read or requested titles, and these are submitted to the California Young Reader Medal Committee. Members of the committee read the suggested books, discuss their merits and appeal to children, and then decide upon a well-balanced list of nominees.
To be considered for nomination, a book must be an original work of fiction published within the last four years by a living author. Recommendations for nomination are due each year by April 1 for consideration as a nominee the following year. It is a two-year cycle from the time of nomination by students to the presentation of the California Young Reader medal to the winning authors and illustrators.
Books are nominated for the medal in five categories:
Primary (Grades K-3) Intermediate (Grades 3-6) Middle School/Junior High (Grades 6-9) Young Adult (Grades 9-12) Picture Books for Older Readers (4th Grade and up)
Students may read and vote for books in any and all categories, but they must read all the books nominated in a category to be eligible to vote. Students read the nominated books from July through March and vote for their favorite. Teachers and librarians introduce the nominees to students, often in exciting and innovative ways. They provide ballots for the students, compile vote totals, and submit results to the CYRM committee. All CYRM ballots submitted must be postmarked by April 1 of each year.
Thanks to a comment, I can update the Appalachian Writer’s Award. In existence since 1983, they had previously been missing on the internet, but now seem to have a spiffy new web-site.
Per its name, the award focuses on unpublished works focusing on Appalachia. They are sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Writer’s Assoc./ Culture Series. I didn’t find much info about specific criteria other than that, but there it is. If you’re looking for an previous winner to start with, I really liked Wilma Dykeman’s Tall Woman. Happy Reading!
We’re still out of town, so this is a quick post-let:
1. Thank a veteran today & take the time to listen to the old family stories for the millionth time.
2. If you’re a military history buff, check out THIS post I did a while back.
3. For a really interesting perspective on the aftermath of war, check out these authors, and then thank a vet again.
4. Randomly, I always thought of Memorial day as a general day of remembrance, not just for vets (not that I disagree at all) and ALL the graves in the local cemeteries will get spiffed up… is this a regional thing?
As Summer begins, I thought I’d use vacation season to recognize some State-based book awards. In memory of some family vacations I’ll not bore you by describing, we’ll start with FLORIDA. (Yes, there’s more there than beaches & mouse ears).
Its sixth annual competitions now complete, Florida Book Awards announces winners for books published in 2011 in seven categories of competition. “The Florida Book Awards exists to identify and profile the Sunshine State’s best books and their authors,” notes FBA Director Wayne A. Wiegand. “These FBA winners clearly demonstrate the quality and depth of Florida’s increasingly rich literary culture.”
Submissions were read by eight juries of three members each nominated from across the state by cosponsoring organizations. Jurors are authorized to select up to three medalists (including one Gold Winner, one Silver Runner-up, and one Bronze Medalist) in each of the eight categories; jurors are also authorized to make no selections in a given year.
Click on the link for a list of winners. You know how I feel about awards with discretion enough NOT to award just for the sake of awarding. 🙂
2. President’s Book Awards– flbookpub.org Sadly, the .org website for the Fl Publisher’s association was down, but the link will take you to an EXCELLENT blog entry about this year’s winners. I will try to update this when I can get the .org site to pull up.
The Florida Reading Association invites Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade students to participate in voting for the Florida Children’s Book Award. Nominations for books to be considered for the school year are due by December 15. The books nominated must have been copyrighted within the last five years and be currently in print. A nomination form can be found under the Recommend a Book link.
Once students have read or heard the nominated books, their votes can be tallied and submitted to the Children’s Book Award Chairman though the online form. Ballots must be received no later than April 15. Results will be announced on the FRA web site and in the FRA newsletter. The winning book will be honored at the FRA Conference in October.
Yay! Kids voting. 🙂
4. Florida Historical Society Awards– This well-respected society gives out 18 awards for everything from academic papers to book-length explorations of FL history. One of my favorite professors was a recipient of one of these. (Yay Dr. Revels!) If you’d like to learn more about the incredibly complex part of the world that is Florida, these would be good places to start. Nominations are mailed in, read by a jury and voted on.
Entries are evaluated by independent panels of judges appointed by the Society. Judges will carefully consider each entry based on factors including (but not limited to) quality of scholarship, factual accuracy, clarity of expression, original thinking, significance of topic and overall contribution to knowledge of Florida history. The judges’ decisions are final.
Send all entries to the Florida Historical Society, 435 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, FL 32922. Entry deadlines for some awards are on Jan. 10, while other awards have a March 1 deadline. Entrants are advised to adhere strictly to deadlines for each award category. The term “submit by…” means entries (or nominations) must be RECEIVED at the Florida Historical Society office by 5 p.m. on the date specified. Entries received later will not be considered. Entries must be clearly marked as to award category.
5. SSYRA Awards– In the world of school & reading, there are some programs out there that push kids to read books at/above their reading level, irregardless of their interest level, and then take a quiz, earn some points and move on. Read HERE for why this leaves me conflicted (her thoughts are more coherent). Anyway, this is thankfully, not one of those programs:
The Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Program is a statewide reading motivation program for students in grades 3-8. The program, cosponsored by the School Library Media Services Office of the Department of Education and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME), began in 1983. The purpose of the SSYRA Program is to encourage students to read independently for personal satisfaction, based on interest rather than reading level.
Sunshine State books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. Students are encouraged to read books that are above, on, and below their tested reading level in order to improve their reading fluency
Once the kids have read 3 books off the list, they can then vote for their favorite. 🙂
6. Florida Teens Read– This is a more grown-up version of #5.
Teens in Florida read and Florida media specialists know it! Florida Teens Read is a list of 15 titles that have been chosen by a committee of thirteen media specialists specifically to engage high school students (grades 9 through 12) and reflect their interests as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.Teens are encouraged to read at least three of the titles on the current list. From April 1 to April 30 each year a link will be available on the FAME web page for students to vote for their favorite book.
Coolness. We have a similar program here, and I always like to see what the kids who actually read 3 books for FUN vote for. 🙂