Welcome to the Colorado Book Awards Online Submission Manager.  

To be eligible for a Colorado Book Award, a primary contributor to the book must be a Colorado writer, editor, illustrator or photographer. Current Colorado residents are eligible, as are individuals engaged in ongoing literary work in the state and authors whose personal history, identity, or literary work reflect a strong Colorado influence. Authors not currently Colorado residents who feel their work is inspired by or connected to Colorado should submit a letter in addition to his/her entry describing the connection. Final eligibility determinations will be made by the Colorado Book Awards Advisory Committee.

As a contributor, you may submit your own work or as a publisher you may submit the work of the authors you represent.

Entries in the 26th Annual Colorado Book Awards must have a 2016 publication date. 
Books published and available in late 2015 that have a delayed (2016) copyright may be submitted either in the 25th or 26th Annual Colorado Book Awards, but not both.  With the exception of fine press entries, books must be professionally published and assigned an ISBN.

New editions of previously published work are not eligible unless substantive changes have been made to the text of the book. 

An Entry Fee of $53.00 is required to process your entry. You will be given the option of paying that fee online or submitting it via check.


Celebrating Colorado’s Literary Landscape

Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book’s Book Awards Advisory Committee assigns selectors and judges to create panels of diverse readers (scholars, librarians, booksellers, teachers, writers, reviewers) from across the state. The Book Awards judging process has two parts:

Selection of finalists begins November 2016 and completed by end of February 2017. Judging of finalists begins March 1, 2017 and completed by April 1, 2017.

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.

Selectors and Judges do not receive compensation for serving but will receive a complimentary ticket to the 25th Annual Colorado Book Awards Event in 2017.

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.

A facilitator appointed to the category by the Colorado Book Awards Advisory Committee leads each Category Committee. The facilitator is asked to guide Selectors and Judges through the process and to lead the committee discussions. Selectors and Judges are asked to come prepared to both contribute and listen in a civil discussion, demonstrating respect for fellow Selectors and Judges, authors, and publishers. The information about which books were entered, the adjudication process and all discussions about entries are considered strictly confidential.

Book Formats & Reading Requirements

Selectors and Judges will be provided hard copies of all entries, but if an emergency arises, we will give access to the PDF version of the book. To review digital books, aside from having a verified email address, you will also 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.

Selectors help choose three finalist books in a given Book Award category. A three- to five-member committee reads and assesses entries from November 2016 to the end of February 2017. The number of books assigned to a selector varies based on the number of entries submitted in each 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. During the month of March, a three-member 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.

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

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