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 Woodbury listed below:

Bank Street Book Nook
36C Bank St., New Milford
(860) 354-3865
Whitlock's Book Barn
20 Sperry Rd., Bethany
(203) 393-1240
Since 1948, Whitlock's Book Barn has offered quality used and rare books in all price ranges (25 cents to $500+) and areas of interest. The Lower Barn offers thousands of better books for scholars, collectors, and readers, as well as all of our CT/New Haven/Yale material, children's books, ephemera, postcards, and LP records. In the Upper Barn, 20,000+ paperbacks and hardcovers in a range of subjects are all under $5.00, and a second floor contains old prints and thousands of nineteenth-century town maps (viewable by appointment). Please come and browse!
Hickory Stick Bookshop
2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot
(860) 868-0525
Washington Depot's local independent bookshop for over 60 years! The Hickory Stick Bookshop has a great selection of books, music, calendars, greeting cards, book accessories, and gift items.
House of Books
10 N. Main St., Kent
(860) 927-4104
We features wuality literature, books on art, history and politics, biographies, and fiction, with a special room featuring children's literature. We also carry cards, music and gifts for the discerning reader, while hosting regular author events.
Relay Bookhouse
102 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
(203) 791-9747
Relay Bookhouse is Bethel's oldest and largest independent bookstore specializing in new, used, rare and out-of-print titles. We house a large selection of contemporary and hard-to-find titles in all subjects. We carry gift items, fine bindings, and book-related clothing and accessories. Come in and browse, or submit a request on our website.
Linda's Story Time
447 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe
(203) 459-1579
A children's book & gift shop for babies through teens, with a selection of the best adult titles in every genre! I pride myself on providing excellent customer service, with 30 years experience to help you and your child choose the perfect books. From the best books available to many gift items, including puppets, craft kits, stuffed animals, games for the car, and so much more, we are your one-stop shop.
House of Books & Games
1073 Palisado Ave., Windsor
(860) 219-0393
Used games and books. Open weekends and occasional week day evenings.
Byrd's Books
178 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
(203) 730-2973
Byrd's Books is your local independent bookstore. We carry only new titles with a specialty in Connecticut authors, illustrators, poets, and publishers. We host regular events, including author talks, writing workshops, and more.

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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