CALIFORNIA BOOK AWARDS

Book Awards Submissions

Books authored by residents of California and published in the 2019 calendar year may be submitted between September 15, 2019 and December 15, 2019 for consideration for the California Book Awards.

Please use the following form: 2019 Submissions 

After submitting, please mail 6 copies of each submitted book to the following address:

UPS/FedEx:
The Commonwealth Club
Attn: California Book Awards
115 Steuart St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
USPS:
The Commonwealth Club
Attn: California Book Awards
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

 

Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 8, 2020

Click to learn more about the awards

WE ACCEPT:

Books in the categories of Fiction, First Work of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile (to age 12), Young Adult, Californiana, and Contribution to Publishing

Work must have been written by authors living in California at the time their work was published or submitted for publication.

To be eligible for Californiana, the work must deal with a California-based issue, topic, or historical period.

To be eligible for Contribution to Publishing, the publisher must be a California resident.

To be eligible for Juvenile, the writer and illustrator (if applicable) must be California residents.

To be eligible for First Work of Fiction, the work must be the author’s first fictional effort. Previously published short story collections will disqualify an author from the First Work of Fiction category, however, the author can still submit for the Fiction category.

Short story collections and essays by the same author will be accepted for consideration under the Fiction category.

If certain stories in the short story or essay collection have been published previously, the work may still be submitted for consideration. Eligibility is at the discretion of the jury.

WE DO NOT ACCEPT:

Self-published works

Works from a publishing house that does not have some sort of vetting process

E-books

Guidebooks or manuals

“As told to” books

Anthologies from multiple authors

Works by dual authors, unless both authors are California residents

Translations of deceased authors or older works

Reprints of books published in previous years

Please direct any questions regarding the Book Awards to: bookawards@commonwealthclub.org