The Colorado Book Awards is an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado's outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers. Awards are presented in at least ten categories including anthology/collection, biography, children's, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry and young adult.


Submissions for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards were welcomed for books published in 2016. Reprinted editions or books previously published in another form do not qualify. The submission deadline was Monday, January 9, 2017, at which time the online form must have been submitted and the books must have been postmarked.


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 who are not currently Colorado residents but feel their work is inspired by or connected to Colorado should submit a letter with his or her entry describing the connection. Independently published work is welcome. All submitted books must have a printed ISBN, and we strongly recommend that books be professionally edited.


Submissions for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards are now closed. Winners were announced and celebrated Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events (PACE) Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, 80138. Please check back in August 2017 for the date on which we will open for submissions for the 2018 Colorado Book Awards.

For more information, contact Bess Maher, 303.894.7951 x19, fax 303.864.9361, bess@coloradohumanities.org.

Colorado Book Award Audio Recordings

Lit Crawl Reading

Friday, September 2, 6 p.m., Mermaid Fine Books, Denver
Literary Fiction, How To Walk Away by Lisa Birman
Short Story Collection, Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin
Young Adult Literature, Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
General Nonfiction, Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman

Finalist Reading Series

Sunday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., BookBar Denver
Young Adult Literature, Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Juvenile Literature, Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose

Friday, April 15, 7 p.m., BookBar Denver
Mystery, The Reckoning Stones by Laura DiSilverio 
Science Fiction/Fantasy, Lord Byron's Prophecy by Sean Eads
Thriller, The Comfort of Black by Carter Wilson and Dark Waters: A Thriller by Chris Goff

Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., BookBar Denver
Children's Literature, Do Princesses Make Happy Campers? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrated by Mike Gordon and Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! by Todd Tuell, illustrated by Tad Carpenter


Thank you!

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