Authors and publishers are invited to submit entries online to the California Book Awards of The Commonwealth Club.
Entries are restricted to books bearing a 2013 original publication date. The author must have been a legal resident of California at the time the manuscript was accepted for publication. To be eligible for an award for Notable Contribution to Publishing, the publisher must be headquartered in California.
We do not accept entries that are either self-published or from vanity presses, nor do we accept "print-on demand press" books or e-books. Any book we review for the awards should be available at a local bookstore and not exclusively accessible through the Internet.
Submitting an Entry
Each entry must be submitted through our online entry form and no later than midnight December 16, 2013. The submitted form will generate an email confirming your submission has been received. Please include this email confirmation with at least six (6) copies of each book entered. Books must be delivered to:
The California Book Awards
The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Copies of entries cannot be returned).
There is no entry fee to enter the California Book Awards.
Submission Deadline: Midnight December 16, 2013
Finalists Announced: March 2014
Winners Announced: April 2014
Awards Ceremony: Monday June 9th, 2014. We strongly encourage our winners to attend the ceremony. We consider this an excellent opportunity for writer and audience to connect, as attendees get the opportunity to hear the author read from the winning work. One can count on the ceremony to be a lively assembly of Bay Area literati, past Medal Winners and Commonwealth Club members. If a winner has a scheduling conflict and cannot attend, we ask that s/he send a qualified representative to the ceremony to accept the award and read on the winner’s behalf.
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