2018 Connecticut Book Awards Submission

Thank you for considering submission to the 2018 Connecticut Book Awards. Please read the eligibility requirements below. If you have any questions concerning eligibility, please email ctbook@cthumanities.org.


Deadline:  Submissions must be made by 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2018.

Finalists will be announced in September 2018. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2018.

About the Connecticut Book Awards

The Connecticut Center for the Book (CCB) at Connecticut Humanities reinstated the Connecticut Book Awards in 2017 to recognize and honor those authors and illustrators who have created the best books in or about our state.

The mission of the Connecticut Center for the Book is to promote the written and spoken word throughout the state. The Center is Connecticut’s affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Eligibility Requirements for Book Awards that will be made in 2018:

  • Authors and illustrators must currently reside in Connecticut and must have lived in the state at least three consecutive years or have been born in the state. Alternatively, the work may be substantially set in Connecticut.
  • Titles must have been published for the first time between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 or have a copyright within 2017.
  • All submitted books must have a valid ISBN.
  • Anthologies are acceptable. Author(s) must currently reside in Connecticut and must have lived in the state at least three consecutive years or have been born in the state. Alternatively, the works must be substantially set in Connecticut.
  • Books by deceased authors will be accepted only if the author was still living at the beginning of the eligibility year (January 1, 2017).

The following are NOT eligible:

  • Reprints of books published in another year.
  • eBooks.
  • Books written by staff or families of Connecticut Center for the Book, Connecticut Humanities, or members or families of the CT Book Award review committee and/or its judges.

ENTRY FEES WILL NOT BE RETURNED IF ENTRIES ARE INELIGIBLE.

Additional Information

  • Each category will have its own judging panel of five (5) judges, one of whom will serve as chairperson. All judges are selected by the Connecticut Center for the Book and have a connection to the literary world in some way. For example they may be authors, librarians, literature professors, journalists, book sellers, or book reviewers. They are also selected from throughout the state so there is good statewide representation.
  • A book title may be submitted in only one category and judges may reassign a title to a category deemed more appropriate than that for which it was originally submitted.
  • Judges will defer to the committee chair to determine the winner in the case of a tie vote in any category.
  • Awards may not be made if there are insufficient entries in a given category.
  • The Connecticut Center for the Book and its Connecticut Book Award judges resolve all questions about eligibility; their decisions are binding.

Categories

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Books for Young Readers: Includes Juvenile, Young Adult, Teen. (Open to authors and Illustrators.)

Submission Process

Deadline: Online form and payment must be received by April 20, 2018 no later than 5:00 p.m.

Finalists will be announced in September 2018. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2018.

  • An online entry form and payment must be submitted for each title under consideration.
  • Payment must be received by the deadline to be eligible.
  • Six (6) copies of the books submitted must be arrive in our offices no later than April 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
    • Distribution of copies: One (1) copy will be distributed to each of the five (5) judges in the category for review. One (1) copy will be held in the Connecticut Center for the Book’s archives.
  • Submissions made on behalf of an author must get their consent to the entry of his/her title for consideration.
  • Submissions will not be considered without author’s contact information.

Mail book copies to:

Connecticut Center for the Book
c/o Connecticut Humanities
100 Riverview Center, Suite 270
Middletown, CT  06457

Fees for Submission – Entry Fees Based on Initial Print Run

2,000 copies or fewer: $40
2,000 – 4,999 copies:  $50
5,000 – 9,999 copies:  $60
10,000 copies or more: $100

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.


IMPORTANT

Please complete the form and send it in electronically. This is important because the printout of the submission form will be forwarded to the judges and the electronic files (book cover and author photo) will be used for publicity purposes should the book make it to the finals. If you must send a check, please let us know and we will link you to a different form and send an invoice!

 

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