Pacific Northwest Book Awards
Celebrating Great Books of the Pacific Northwest
Since 1964 the PNBA has presented annual awards to recognize excellence in writing from the Pacific Northwest. Rather than soliciting nominations for specific categories, we simply require that the author and/or illustrator reside within the PNBA region (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia) and that the book be published within the current eligibility period. In addition, special awards may be given honoring efforts in publishing, illustration, or for a body of work. Special awards are determined at the discretion of PNBA's Book Awards Committee.
The Awards Committee is made up of independent booksellers representing the PNBA region. A new committee is formed each March and the winning books are picked by the committee in mid-October.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A 2021 AWARD IS: September 30, 2020
BOOKS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COMMITTEE BY THIS DATE TO BE ELIGIBLE.
NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Publishers or publicists wishing to nominate a title should send an email nomination to:
A Shortlist will be announced in November. Winners will be announced in January 2020.
Be sure to include the AUTHOR and PLACE OF RESIDENCE, TITLE, and PUBLISHER'S NAME, ADDRESS and LEAD CONTACT.
A list of current committee members will be supplied to you. You are then required to supply a copy of the nominated book to every committee member on the list. You are also strongly encouraged to nominate and supply books as they are published to avoid a late onslaught and allow committee members ample time to give your title a fair and thorough review.
Northwest booksellers are also encouraged to make nominations!
Awards Committee Guidelines
Awards Committee Mission Statement
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To be eligible for a PNBA Book Award:
—Publication must occur within established annual parameters, currently Oct. 1 2019 - Sept. 30 2020.
—Primary contributor or contributors must currently reside within the PNBA region, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
—Book must display and be identifiable by a valid 13-digit ISBN.
—Book must be available U.S. direct and/or through a viable book wholesale distribution outlet.
—book must be obtainable with industry standard wholesale terms and returns policies.
The purpose of the Pacific Northwest Book Awards program is to recognize and celebrate outstanding Northwest authors and literature and for the independent bookstores of the region to promote those writers and works.
If bookstores cannot obtain a title within the framework of standard operating mechanisms, the ability to do such is hindered. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Checking the Awards Archive on our website will give you a good idea of the type of books that have won awards in the past.