Welcome to Colorado Humanities Online Submission Manager.  

Help us celebrate the 30th annual Colorado Book Awards by sharing memories of past award seasons with us! Participants will be entered for a chance to win one of three $25 BookBar gift cards.

Suggested writing prompts:

What do the Colorado Book Awards mean to you, your career, or your life?

What do the humanities mean to you, your career, or your life?

Please complete the Final Report and submit by no later than the due date shown in your grant contract.

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book’s Book Awards Advisory Committee assigns selectors and judges to create panels of diverse readers (e.g., scholars, librarians, booksellers, teachers, and writers) from across the state. Participating as a selector or judge provides you with an opportunity to see firsthand what leading members of Colorado’s book community are creating in a category. 

The Book Awards judging process has two parts:

Selection of finalists usually begins some time in November and is completed mid-March. 

Judging of finalists begins by late March and is completed by the end of April.

Selectors help choose three finalist books in a given Colorado Book Award category in a three-member committee using a rubric we provide. The number of books assigned to a selector varies based on the number of entries submitted in each category. Selectors read all books submitted in their assigned category. If selectors cannot come to agreement, final overall scores will be used in determining a finalist.

Judges help choose a Colorado Book Award winner in a three-member committee using a rubric we provide. During the month of March, the committee reads and assesses finalists in each category to select a winner in each category. If judges cannot come to agreement, final overall scores will be used in determining a winner.

Selectors and judges do not receive compensation for serving but will receive a complimentary ticket to the Colorado Book Awards celebration for the year they select or judge and may keep the books they review. 

There is no limit to how many years a selector or judge may serve on a committee; however, selectors and judges may not be asked to serve in consecutive award years on the same category committee. An individual may serve as both a selector and judge in any given awards year, provided s/he adjudicates different categories. In the spirit of community, efforts will be made to accommodate all who wish to volunteer.

A facilitator may be appointed to the category by the Colorado Book Awards Advisory Committee to lead the category committee. The facilitator is asked to guide selectors and judges through the process and to lead the committee discussions. In lieu of a facilitator, the Colorado Book Awards program coordinator will serve in this role. Selectors and judges are asked to come prepared to both contribute and listen in a civil discussion, demonstrating respect for fellow selectors, judges, authors, and publishers. The information about books entered, the adjudication process, and all discussions about entries are considered strictly confidential.

There is no limit to how many years a selector or judge may serve on a committee; however, selectors and judges may not be asked to serve in consecutive award years on the same category committee. An individual may serve as both a selector and judge in any given awards year, provided s/he adjudicates different categories. 

Selectors and Judges will be provided hard copies of all entries, but if an emergency arises, we will give access to a PDF version of the book. To review such digital books, aside from having a verified email address, you will need Internet access and a computer, iPad, Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader that handles a PDF file format. When you are assigned as a selector or judge, you will receive additional information and training on how to access and use our online Submittable portal.

If you have any additional questions please email info@coloradohumanities.org.


Thank you for entering the Colorado Book Awards. Your book must have been published for the first time in 2021. Exceptions are made for books published in October, November, or December 2020. Reprinted editions or books previously published in another form do not qualify. Independently published work is welcome. All submitted books must have a printed ISBN, and we strongly recommend that books be professionally edited.

1. Complete the online form.

2. At the end of the online form, where it says "Add files," please attach:
     a.  a 300 dpi jpeg (.jpg) of your book's front cover
     b.  a 300 dpi jpeg of author/contributor headshot
     c.  a 300 dpi jpeg of author/contributor selfie with book

3. Click the "submit" button to upload your files.

4. Enter your payment information.

5. Mail seven copies of your book to Colorado Humanities & Center  for the Book, 7935 E Prentice Avenue, Suite 450, Greenwood Village, CO  80111, postmarked by January 7, 2022.

Please contact us at jones@coloradohumanities.org with any questions.

Thank you for entering the Colorado Book Awards. Your book must have been published for the first time in 2020. Exceptions are made for books published in October, November, or December 2019. Reprinted editions or books previously published in another form do not qualify. Independently published work is welcome. All submitted books must have a printed ISBN, and we strongly recommend that books be  professionally edited.   
1. Complete the online form.   
2. At the end of the online form, where it says "Add files," please attach:       
    a.  a 300 dpi jpeg (.jpg) of your book's front cover       
    b.  a 300 dpi jpeg of author/contributor headshot       
    c.  a 300 dpi jpeg of author/contributor selfie with book   
3. Click the "submit" button to upload your files.   

4. Mail seven copies of your book to Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, 7935 E Prentice Avenue Suite 450, Greenwood Village, CO  80111, postmarked by January 8, 2021.

5. Mail a check for $53.00 payable to Colorado Humanities to the address above; the amount of the check should be $53.00 times the number of entries submitted. PLEASE INCLUDE THE TITLE OF YOUR BOOK(S) ON THE CHECK FOR WHICH YOU ARE  SUBMITTING so we can accurately attribute your payment to your entry.

Please contact Josephine Jones, Colorado Center for the Book Director of Programs at 303.894.7951 x15 or jones@coloradohumanities.org with any questions.

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