Saturday, November 5, 2011

Florida Book Awards - Accepting Submissions

2011 Competition Accepting Submissions

The 2011 cycle of the Florida Book Awards is now open and accepting submissions. The closing date is one month earlier this year on Dec. 1st, 2011. See the official Call for Submissions below. For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2011 Florida Book Awards, visit their website. We look forward to your entries!

The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its sixth annual competition with a call for entries in eight categories including: General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, and Spanish-Language Book. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author, or literary agent), must be professionally published and have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011. Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of eight categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal.

The 2011 winners will be announced in early February. Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged March 21, 2012, at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs. In addition, all Florida Book Awards medalists will be recognized at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference. Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public displays, one in the Governor’s Mansion Library and one in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

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