Submissions for the Connecticut Book Awards opened on January 13, 2020, and the deadline for all categories is April 17, 2020. Criteria, guidelines and the online submission form may be found here. Entry fees start at $40.00 for a 2,000 copy or less print run.
Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books by authors and illustrators from Connecticut or books about Connecticut. Categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction.
A special category is called the Bruce Fraser ‘Spirit of Connecticut’ Award. This award is in memory of long-time director Bruce Fraser and celebrates Connecticut’s sense of place.
The awards ceremony will be held in October 2020. The final date is to be determined.
Winners of the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards
Cortney Davis, Taking Care of Time | Wheelbarrow Press
Andrew Kahrl, Free the Beaches | Yale University Press
Young Readers: Fiction
Susan Hood, Lifeboat 12 | Simon & Schuster
Young Readers: Nonfiction
Karen Romano Young, Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean’s Top Predators | Lerner Publishing Group
Young Readers: Picture Book
Wendell Minor, Night Train, Night Train | Charlesbridge Publishing
Amy Bloom, White Houses | Random House
The Bruce Fraser Spirit of Connecticut Award
Christopher Wigren, Connecticut Architecture, Stories of 100 Places | Wesleyan University Press
For more information concerning the awards, please visit https://ctcenterforthebook.org.