California Book Awards

Books authored by residents of California and published during the 2020 calendar year may be submitted between November 15, 2020 and February 15, 2021 for consideration for the 90th Annual California Book Awards.

Please use the following form: 2020 Submissions

After submitting, please ship 6 copies of each submitted title to the address below. Please note, this is a temporary mailing address valid through August 2021. 


Sean Burmeister
Attn: California Book Awards
2101 North Point St. #303
San Francisco, CA 94123

Awards ceremony: August 2021

Click to learn more about the awards

We accept

Books in the categories of FictionFirst Work of FictionNonfictionPoetryJuvenile (to age 12), Young AdultCaliforniana, 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 must be a California resident. The illustrator does not need to be.

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 by the same author will be accepted for consideration under the Fiction category. Essay collections by the same author will be accepted for consideration under the Non-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: