Welcome to Colorado Humanities Online Submission Manager.  

Colorado Humanities is hosting a Facilitator Training for Coloradans interested in facilitating community conversations on the topics of race, ethnicity, culture, dying and grief, war and veteran experience, and change in rural Colorado. The training will take place on January 12 and 13 in Denver. Please complete the application by December 26, 2022. 

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 typically begins in early February and is completed early April.

Judging of finalists typically begins early April and is completed by mid-May.

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.

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.


If you are interested in booking one of our Speakers Bureau presenters, please complete the following application at least 8 weeks prior to your desired event date. Our speakers include 2020, 2021, and 2022 Colorado Book Awards finalists and winners. They can read from their work, lecture, lead workshops, or join book club discussions about their work. Please visit https://coloradohumanities.org/programs/ccftb-speakers-bureau/ for a complete list.

Our mission at the Colorado Center for the Book is to encourage a love of reading and books among people of all ages through diverse cultural activities. For more information, contact Mary Hickey, 303.894.7951 x19, mary@coloradohumanities.org.

Thank you for entering the Colorado Book Awards. Your book must have been published for the first time in 2022, and a primary contributor to the book must be a current Colorado resident engaged in ongoing literary work in the state, or with a personal history, identity, and literary work that reflect a strong Colorado influence.

Exceptions are made for books published in October, November, or December 2021. 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. The entry fee is $53.00.

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 9, 2023.    

Please contact mary@coloradohumanities.org with any questions.

Thank you for entering the Colorado Book Awards. Your book must have been published for the first time in 2022, and a primary contributor to the book must be a current Colorado resident engaged in ongoing literary work in the state, or with a personal history, identity, and literary work that reflect a strong Colorado influence.

Exceptions are made for books published in October, November, or December 2021. 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 9, 2023.

6. 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 Mary Hickey at mary@coloradohumanities.org or 303.894.7951 x19 with any questions.

Thank you for your Colorado Poet Laureate nomination. Any organization or individual may nominate poets for consideration. Nominators should work closely with their choice to submit the nomination form and information requested. Self-nomination is also an option. The Colorado Poet Laureate must be a legal, full-time Colorado resident for at least three years prior to the nomination deadline. The Poet Laureate must also remain a resident of Colorado during the term of office and must pass a standard background check. Nominations must be submitted no later than February 1, 2023.

A completed Colorado Poet Laureate Nomination includes:

A) The fields in this form

B) Answers to the following questions in no more than 500 words each:

1. What is your vision of the role of a Poet Laureate?

2. Why would you like to be selected as the Poet Laureate of Colorado?

C) Resume or CV

D) Names and phone numbers of three references

E) List of publications and poetry readings

F) Up to ten pages of poetry

G) Video of a poetry reading (not more than five minutes) in .mp4 or .mov format

If you do not have all your files ready to upload when you create your account, please select SAVE DRAFT. Once you are ready to complete the full upload, click the submit button.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Hickey at mary@coloradohumanities.org or 303-894-7951 x19.

The selection of Colorado Poet Laureate will be based on artistic excellence, a demonstrated history of community service in the advancement of poetry, and the ability to present poetry effectively. A panel of former laureates and poetry leaders will review nominations and make recommendations to the Governor, who will make the final selection.

The Poet Laureate will serve a four-year term beginning in July 2023. The Poet Laureate position was created to promote an appreciation of poetry in Colorado, to honor outstanding Colorado poets, and to serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy, and literature by participating in readings and other events at schools, libraries, literary festivals, and the State Capitol. The Poet Laureate will also provide the Governor with an annual account of the impact and success of the Colorado Poet Laureate program. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book and Colorado Creative Industries will annually supply the Poet Laureate with $5,000 honoraria and up to $5,000 public presentation travel expenses.

Colorado became one of the first states to have a Poet Laureate when Governor Oliver Shoup appointed Alice Polk Hill in 1919. Since then, eight other people have served: Nellie Burget Miller (1923-1952), Margaret Clyde Robertson (1952-1954), Milford E. Shields (1954), Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1979-1988), Mary Crow (1996-2010), David Mason (2010-2014), Joseph Hutchison (2014-2019), and Bobby LeFebre (2019-Present).

To learn more about the Poet Laureate’s history and role in the literary life of the state, and to sign up for Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book and Colorado Creative Industries newsletters, please visit  coloradohumanities.org and coloradocreativeindustries.org.

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