California Book Awards: Eligibility


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.


Self-published works

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


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

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