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US State Based Book Awards

American Awards by State or Territory

This list is a work in progress. Research time temporarily run out! If anyone has information about awards in Alabama, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, North Mariana Islands, Palau,Puerto Rico please email. Links go through to official sites. Please report broken links. Thanks Kev Parker- Publisher

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Alabama

Help here please email with details of Alabama Children's awards as research time ran-out

The James F. Sulzby Award The Alabama Historical Association

The Alabama Historical Association sponsors the James F. Sulzby Award to honor the founding president and longtime secretary of the Association. The prize recognizes excellence in a book published in the previous two years that has made the most significant contribution to greater knowledge and appreciation of Alabama history. The Sulzby Award was presented in April 2007. Books published since April 2005 were eligible.

Alabama Children's Choice Award ?

Alaska

HAIL Awards- Honoring Alaska's Indigenous Literature (A)

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award

Arizona

Arizona Book Awards

Arizona Young Readers Awards

Grand Canyon Reader Award (formerly the Arizona Young Reader Award):

Arkansas

The Porter Prize

The Porter Fund Literary Prize is presented annually to an Arkansas writer who has accomplished a substantial and impressive body of work that merits enhanced recognition. The $1000 prize makes it one of the states most lucrative as well as prestigious literary awards. Eligibility requires an Arkansas connection. Honorees tend to be writers without high-profile national reputations, but who have produced significant amounts of quality material.

The Booker Worthen Literary Prize is awarded annually for the best work by an author living in the Central Arkansas area. It requires the author be a resident of the Central Arkansas Library System service area at the time of publication and the work must have been published within the preceding three years. The winner and the name of the winning work are placed on a prominently displayed plaque at the Main Library. The Worthen Prize was established in 1999 in memory of William Booker Worthen, a longtime supporter of the public library and a 22-year member of the Board of Trustees.

Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award (grades K-3)

Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award (grades 4-6)

California

California Book Awards

California Young Reader Medal

Colorado

Colorado Book Awards

Colorado Children's Book Award

Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

Connecticut

Connecticut Book Awards

Administerd by the Connecticut Center for the Book whose mission it is to celebrate books, writers and readers who engender and sustain the life of the imagination and to highlight authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and the literary heritage of the State of Connecticutto celebrate books, writers and readers who engender and sustain the life of the imagination and to highlight authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and the literary heritage of the State of Connecticut. The Center is located at Hartford Public Library.

The Author/illustrator/designer must have resided in Connecticut for at least three years or have been born in the state. Alternatively, the work may be set in Connecticut. Finalists are announced in August and the winners in September.

Awards given in the following categories Biography or Memoir- Children’s Literature, Author - Children’s Literature, Illustrator- Design:Cover only or Entire book - Fiction - Nonfiction - Poetry

Nutmeg Children's Book Award

Delaware

Delaware Diamonds

Blue Hen Book Award

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Florida

Florida Book Awards (A)

Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award (grades K-2)

Florida Teens Read

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award (grades 3-8)

Georgia

The Linberg Award

The Stanley W. Lindberg Award is given every other year to a person who has made important contributions to the literary culture of Georgia through a lifetime of work and accomplishment. It is a prestigious career achievement award that honors the late Stanley W. Lindberg, editor of The Georgia Review 1977-2000.

The Townsend Prize

The Townsend Prize for Fiction is awarded every other year to the Georgia writer judged to have produced the best work of fiction (novel or short stories) in the previous two years. It was created in 1981 in honor of the founding editor of Atlanta magazine, Jim Townsend, who served as a mentor to many Georgia authors.

The award was administered by Georgia State University from 1981-1997 and after that by Georgia Perimeter College and the Chattahoochee Review. Currently, the Writers Institute at Georgia Perimeter sponsors the award with the Center for the Book.

The Lillian Smith Award

The Lillian Smith Award was established by the Atlanta-based Southern Regional Council shortly after the death of the Georgia author in 1966. The award is presented annually to authors whose books are outstanding creative achievements which demonstrate through literary merit and moral vision an honest representation of the South, its people, its problems, and its promises.

In 2004, the Southern Regional council entered into a partnership with the University of Georgia Libraries, which now administers the awards. In 2007, the Georgia Center for the Book joined the partnership as a co-sponsor to help the awards reach a wider audience.

Georgia Children's Book Award

Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

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Hawai'i

Hawai'i Award for Literature

Nene Award

Idaho

Idaho Book Award

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award

Illinois

Monarch Award (grades K-3)

Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (grades 4-8)

Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award

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Indiana

Best Books of Indiana

Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award

Young Hoosier Book Award

Iowa

Iowa Author Awards Dinner

Johnson Brigham Plaque Award

Benjamin F. Shambaugh - State Historical Society of Iowa Award

Truman Capote Award- University of Iowa

Iowa Poetry Prize

Iowa Short Fiction Awards

Iowa Children's Choice Award (grades 3-6)

Iowa Teen Award (grades 6-9)

Iowa High School Book Award

Kansas

Heartland Award

William Allen White Children's Book Award

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Kentucky

Kentucky Literary Awards

The Kentucky Literary Awards are on hiatus for 2008-09. The awards have been given out the past five years and many excellent authors throughout the region and the country have been recipients.

In an effort to improve the program, The SOKY Book Fest Committee, along with the KY Literary Awards committee, have decided to revisit the guidelines and update the awards during this academic year.

In the past, the KY Literary Awards were given to the best books written by a Kentucky author, or that had a Kentucky related theme. The three categories were fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. A panel of judges reviewed hundreds of books to determine the awardees.

For questions about the program during 2008-09, please contact Jonathan Jeffrey, WKU, KY Library and Museum, at 270-745-5083 or email [email protected]

We look forward to an improved program and more awards for our outstanding Kentucky authors.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award

Louisiana

Louisiana Writer Award

The Louisiana Writer Award was created in 2000 by the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana.

The award is given annually to honor a contemporary Louisiana writer whose published body of work represents a distinguished and enduring contribution to the literary and intellectual heritage of Louisiana.

The award is presented during a formal ceremony at the Louisiana Book Festival. The tribute includes a commemorative award and a $1,000 honorarium.

Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award

Maine

Maine Student Book Award

Maine Lupine Award

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Maryland

Maryland Writers Association Novel Contest

Black-eyed Susan Book Award

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Book Awards

Massachusetts Children's Book Award

Michigan

Michigan Notables

The Mitten Award

Thumbs Up! Award

Great Lakes Great Books Award

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Minnesota

Minnesota Book Awards

Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award

Missouri

Missouri History Book Award

The Missouri History Book Award is given annually to the author of the best book written on the history of Missouri and Missourians. Original scholarship in the form of historical biographies, monographs, and/or general studies is eligible for a $1,500 cash award and a citation.

Missouri Library Association Award

Building Block Picture Book Award (birth-K)

Show Me Reader Award (grades 1-3)

Mark Twain Award (grades 4-8)

Gateway Award

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Montana

Montana Book Award

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Reader's Choice Award

Montana Treasure State Award

Nebraska

Nebraska Book Awards

Golden Sower Award

Nevada

Nevada Young Readers Award

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New Hampshire

New Hampshire Literary Award

New Hampshire Ladybug Picture Book Award (grades preK-3)

The Flume: New Hampshire's Teen Readers Choice Award

Great Stone Face Award (grades 4-6)

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New Jersey

New Jersey Council for the Humanities Book Award

The Garden State Children's Book Awards

The Garden State Teen Book Awards

New Mexico

New Mexico Book Awards

Land of Enchantment Book Award

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New York

New York Society Library Book Awards (NYC Book Awards)

Charlotte Award

Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature

North Carolina

North Carolina Book Awards

North Carolina Children's Book Award

North Dakota

Flicker Tale Children's Book Award

Ohio

Ohioana Book Awards

Buckeye Children's Book Award

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Book Awards

Sequoyah Book Award

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Oregon

Oregon Book Awards

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Readers' Choice Award

Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Reader's Choice Award

Keystone to Reading Book Award

Carolyn W. Field Award

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

Rhode Island Teen Book Award

South Carolina

South Carolina Association of School Librarians Book Awards

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South Dakota

Prairie Bud Children's Book Award (grades K-3)

Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award (grades 4-6)

Tennessee

Nashville Public Library Foundation Literary Awards

Volunteer State Book Award

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Texas-

Writers League of Texas Awards

2 x 2 (ages two through second grade)
Lone Star (grades 6-8)
Tayshas (high school)

Texas Bluebonnet Award (grades 3-6)

TSRA Golden Spur (elementary/K-3 and intermediate)
Texas Children's Books, Authors, and Illustrators.

Writers' League of Texas Teddy Children's Book Award

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Utah

Utah Book Award

Beehive Awards

Vermont

Red Clover Award (grades K-4)

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (grades 4-8)

Green Mountain Book Award (grades 9-12)

Virginia

Library of Virginia Book Awards

Virginia Young Readers Award

Washington

Washington State Book Awards

Pacific Northwest Library Association's Young Readers' Choice Award

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award (grades K-3)

Sasquatch Award (grades 4-8)

Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

West Virginia

West Virginia Children's Book Award

Golden Archer Award

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Wisconsin

Notable Wisconsin Authors

RR Donnelly Award

Read On Wisconsin!

Wyoming

Buckaroo Book Award (grades K-3)

Indian Paintbrush Book Award (grades 4-6)

Soaring Eagle Award (grades 7-12)


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