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Book Awards

This information was compiled by Paul Rhetts of the New Mexico Book Co-op as a listing of award competitions for books. Be aware that some of these programs may change the entry dates, fees, and categories at any time, so it is best to double check with individual organizations for current information.

New Mexico Book Award
Honors the best in books from New Mexico and the Southwest — Sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op, Albuquerque/Bernalillo Public Library System, Rio Rancho Public Library, and many other organizations
For information
Per book per category-$33 before February 29; $45 after February 29

William P. Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America
Southern Methodist University Annual $2,500 prize for fine writing and original research
For information

Foreword Magazine Book of the Year
Honors excellence in independent publishing 50+ categories - different genres of books $1,500 cash prize for Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction
For information
$95@ plus 2 copies

Latino Book Awards
50 categories - different genres recognizes outstanding Latino books Latino Literacy Now
For information or 760/434-4484
$50@ plus 5 copies

Denver Library/Bancroft History Award
Recognizes new books in western history 10 West Fourteenth Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204-2731
For information 720/865-1814 or Mary Daze at

IPPY Awards
60+ categories in national and 10 regional competitions $5,000 cash prize for Best Award Awards Coordinator
For information 1.800.706.4636x1011 or

Southwest Writers Annual Contest
19 categories/genre $1,000 cash top award
For information call 505/265-9485,,
$18-44 plus 2 copies

Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Writers Digest
Nine categories/genre $3,000 top prize
For information

USA Book News -- Best Books Awards
Awards in 80+ categories - different genres of books PO Box 3579, Scottsdale, AZ 85271
For information 800/733-6511

Publishers Marketing Association Ben Franklin Awards
Awards in some 50+ categories - different genres of books 627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
For information 310/373-2732 or

Western Regional Book Design & Production Awards
10 categories
For information

DIY Book Festival Book of the Year
16 categories/genre $1,000 cash top prize
For information

Regional Book Awards
Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association
6 categories
For information
$50@ plus 5 copies

Southwest Book of Year
Tucson-Pima Library System
Best Picks in several categories
For information:

Border Regional Library Association Southwest Book Awards
Recognition of outstanding books about the Southwest in any genre
For information, or

SPUR Awards
Western Writers of America 15 categories/genre For books set in the American West, early frontier, or relate to the Western or frontier experience
For information

If you have information on any other book awards please let us know and we will add them to the list.