Calling all Connecticut Authors - 2019 Connecticut Book Award Submissions Now Accepted


Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards. These awards recognize the best books of 2018 by authors and illustrators who reside in or who write about Connecticut. Award winners will receive exposure in Connecticut media outlets and personal appearances in Connecticut locations.

Connecticut has a long history of great literary talents and independent bookstores that represent a unique experience. You can support Connecticut Bookstores by visiting one of the bookstores within 20 miles of Hartford CC listed below:

BOOKCLUB Bookstore & More
869 Sullivan Ave., South Windsor
(860) 432-7411
Welcome to BOOKCLUB Bookstore & More - your local & independent bookstore! We offer pre-owned and new books, author appearances and monthly book discussions. We proudly work with CT authors & artisans.
That Book Store
446 Silas Deane Hwy., Wethersfield
(860) 529-5500
That Book Store LLC is a locally veteran owned independent bookstore committed to offering affordable new, bargain, gently read, and electronic books and audiobooks, as well as gifts and educational items for customers of all ages and backgrounds. We exist to provide residents and visitors of Wethersfield, and other towns in southern Hartford county, the best local community bookstore and accessory shopping experience.
River Bend Bookshop LLC
2217 Main St., Glastonbury
(860) 430-6608
Glastonbury’s own independent bookstore is now open! Come browse our great selection of books and gifts for all ages, and join us for one of our events!
Jack and Allie's: A Children's Bookstore
520 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon
(860) 375-8465
Our Mission is to encourage literacy and a love of reading through creating an engaging, community-oriented space for children. To this end, we also endeavor to provide creative and useful supplies to the teachers who put their heart and soul into the education of our children.

Courtesy of NewPages.com. A full list of bookstores can be found here https://www.newpages.com/independent-bookstores/connecticut-bookstores

Below are important details regarding the contest

Categories include Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Young Readers. Entry fee starts at $40 for a 2,000 copy or less print run.

Deadline: Submissions must be made by 5:00 p.m. on April 19, 2019.

Finalists will be announced in September 2019. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2019.

Eligibility Requirements for Book Awards that will be made in 2019:

  • 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, 2018 and December 31, 2018 or have a copyright within 2018.
  • 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, 2018).

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.

Click here for additional information and to download a submission form.

If you have any questions concerning eligibility, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

About the Connecticut Book Awards

The mission of the Connecticut Center for the Book is to promote the written and spoken word throughout the state and the Connecticut Book Awards recognize and honor those authors and illustrators who have created the best books in or about our state. The Center is Connecticut’s affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


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