The Utah Book Award was established by the Salt Lake City Public Library to honor exceptional achievements by Utah writers and to recognize outstanding literature written with a Utah theme or setting. In 1999, the first and only award was presented to author Robert Van Wagoner for his novel Dancing Naked. Since then, the categories have been expanded to include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literature for children and young adults.
The Utah Center for the Book invites nominations beginning April 1, 2016 for the annual Utah Book Award, a program that continues to be administrated through the Salt Lake City Public Library. This year's Utah Book Award will honor books published in 2015 that are judged to best represent the literary culture of the state in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult and children's literature. The competition is open to Utah authors and authors of books with a Utah theme or setting. A "Utah author" need not currently reside in Utah if he/she is a Utah native or is an author who forged significant and sustained literary ties to Utah while residing here in the past. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2016. Award winners will be announced in October 2016 at the Utah Humanities Book Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.
To be eligible, books must be published and bound professionally, assigned an ISBN, and published in 2015 as indicated by the copyright date. Loose-leaf materials, downloadable books, and books recorded on tape or compact disc will not be accepted. Winners in each category receive $200; finalists receive $100. Entry forms are available at the link below.
For more information, contact Tommy Hamby at the Salt Lake City Public Library, 801.322.8136, and download the Entry Form.
2015 Utah Book Award Winners and Finalists
Winner: Princess Wannabe by Leslie Lammle
Finalist: Fairy Tale Christmas by Michael McLean and Scott McLean
Winner: A Song for Issey Bradley by Carys Bray
Finalist: The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Winner: The Year of Living Virtuously: Weekends Off by Teresa Jordan
Finalist: Wild Rides and Wildflowers by Scott Abbott and Sam Rushforth
Winner: The Logan Notebooks by Rebecca Lindenberg
Finalist: like water, like bread by Joyce Webb Kohler
Winner: The Avatar Battle by Chad Morris
Finalist: Strike of the Sweepers by Tyler Whitesides
2014 Utah Book Award Winners and Finalists
Winner: Katharine Coles, “The Earth Is Not Flat”
Finalist: Jon Sebba, “Yossi, Yasser, & Other Soldiers”
Winner: Barbara K. Richardson, “Tributary”
Finalist: Julianne Donaldson, “Blackmoore”
Finalist: Camron Wright, “The Rent Collector”
Winner: Brandon Mull, “Spirit Animals Book 1: Wild Born”
Finalist: Brandon Mull, “Pingo and the Playground Bully”
Finalist: Karl Beckstrand, “Why Juan Can’t Sleep: A Mystery?”
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Winner: Jennifer Nielsen, “The False Prince”
Finalist: Tyler Whitesides, “Janitors 3: Curse of the Broomstaff”
Finalist: Bobbie Pyron, “The Dogs of Winter”
Winner: Val Holley, “25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence and Dissipation Along Ogden's Rowdiest Road”
Finalist: Roy Webb, “Lost Canyons of the Green River” - Publisher, University of Utah Press
Finalist: John G. Maxwell, “Robert Newton Baskin and the Making of Modern Utah”
Finalist: Robert S. McPherson, “Under the Eagle”