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Washington State Book Awards are given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year. A book award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.

Winners and finalists are named in eight categories:

Books for Adults

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Biography and Memoir
  • General Nonfiction

Books for Youth

  • Picture Book
  • Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)
  • Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 - 12)
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)

The Washington State Book Awards are administered by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

How to enter

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Submissions for the 2019 awards (for books published in 2018) will be accepted only from March 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018.