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 Madison listed below:

R.J. Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd., Madison
(203) 245-3959
RJ Julia Independent Booksellers, located in the shoreline town of Madison, Connecticut, is a place of discovery where words matter, where writer meets reader, and where the ambiance and selection of books creates a welcoming atmosphere. We pride ourselves on having knowledgeable staff, an opinionated and varied book selection, and a consuming passion for reading. Ultimately, we are fiercely committed to putting the right book in the right hand.
Breakwater Books
81 Whitfield St., Guilford
(203) 453-4141
Breakwater Books, an independent bookstore located on the historic Guilford Green, has been assisting generations of readers since 1972.
The Book Barn
41 W Main St, Niantic
(860) 739-5715
The Main Barn is located just on the outskirts of downtown Niantic, and has five additional buildings: Ellis Island, the Annex, Hades, the Haunted, and the Lat Page.
Elliot's Books Since 1957
809 Forest Rd, Northford
(203) 484-2184
We have been providing rare and scholarly books to institutions, researchers, collectors and the booktrade for 58 years. Please search our website and be pleasantly surprised by the exotic range of titles being offered. As we only have 5000 books online, we invite your inquiries via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) which will promptly be checked against our 200,000 volume inventory. Our primary specialty is out of print Yale University Press books of which more than 50,000 individual volumes are in stock.
Atticus Bookstore
1082 Chapel St., New Haven
(203) 776-4040
Atticus Bookstore Café has been an independent New Haven institution since 1976. Our bookstore offers a carefully curated selection of books for children and adults as well as a wide variety of greeting cards, stationary, notebooks, and magazines. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find just the right book for any occasion.
Burgundy Books
1551 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook
(860) 391-9525
Burgundy Books is an award winning bookstore located at the lovely Water's Edge Resort on Long Island Sound. We host bestselling authors and cultural events.
Harbor Books
146 Main St., Old Saybrook
(860) 388-6850
Harbor Books is situated on Main Street in Historic Old Saybrook, CT. Where the Connecticut River meets Long Island Sound. Selling New & Used Books on all subjects, we have an interesting Nautical Section and a wide selection of books on Katherine Hepburn, a lifetime Old Saybrook resident.
The Book Barn - Downtown Shop
269 Main St., Niantic
(860) 691-8078
The Book Barn - Midtown Shop
291 Main St, Niantic
(860) 691-3371
The Book Barn - Store 4
55 W Main St, Niantic
(860) 739-0277

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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