Utah Center for the Book

Utah Book Award

arts & museumsThe Utah Book Award is back! We apologize for the long absence, but to help make up for it, we are now considering books published in either 2012 or 2013 for the 2013 Utah Book Award. Please see entry form below.

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 January 1, 2013 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 2012 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 April 1, 2013. Award winners will be announced in October 2013 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 2012 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 $100; finalists receive $50. Entry forms are available at the link below.

For more information, contact Errin Pedersen at the City Library, 801-524-8200.

Entry Form: Utah Book Award Entry Form


2005

Fiction

Rain in the Valley
by Helen Papanikolas
fic P2133 ra

Nonfiction

Eating Stone: Imagination and the
Loss of the Wild

by Ellen Meloy
599.649 M528 ea

Poetry

In All Their Animal Brilliance
by Lance Larsen
811 L334

Children/Young Adults

Princess Academy
by Shannon Hale
j Hale


2004

Fiction

The Husband's Dilemma
by Nicole Stansbury
fic S79113 hu

Nonfiction

The Salt Lake City 14th Ward Album
Quilt: Stories of the Relief Society
Women and Their Quilt

by Carol Holindrake Nielson
298 N669 sa

Poetry

Bend
by Natasha Sajé
811 S158 be

Children/Young Adults

Wishing Moon
by Michael O. Tunnell
j Tunnell


2003

Fiction

Massachusetts, California, Timbuktu
by Stephanie Rosenfeld
fic R813623 ma

Nonfiction

An Accidental Soldier: Memoir of a Mestizo in Vietnam
by Manny Garcia
959.704 G216 ac

Poetry

Boasts, Toasts, and Ghosts
by Rob Carney
811 C289 bo

Children/Young Adults

The Goose Girl
by Shannon Hale
YA H1647 go


2002

Fiction

Red Water
by Judith Freeman
fic F8545 re

Nonfiction

The Anthropology of Turquoise
by Ellen Meloy
917.90433 M528 an

Poetry

Arcady
by Donald Revell
811 R451 ar

Children/Young Adults

Charlotte's Rose
by A. E. Cannon
j Cannon


2001

Fiction

Downwinders: An Atomic Tale
by Curtis and Dianne Oberhansley
fic O125 do

Nonfiction

Heart of the Desert Wild
by Greer Chesher
917.925 C524 he

Poetry

The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension
by Katharine Coles
811 C696 go


2000

Fiction

The Time of the Little Black Bird
by Helen Papanikolas
fic P2133 ti

Nonfiction

Leap: a Traveler in the Garden of Delights
by Terry Tempest Williams
298 W7269 le

Poetry

Carolina Ghost Woods
by Judy Jordan
811 J8205 ca


1999

Fiction

Dancing Naked
by Robert Van Wagoner
fic V285 da

2014 Winners

POETRY

Winner: Katharine Coles, “The Earth Is Not Flat”

Finalist: Jon Sebba, “Yossi, Yasser, & Other Soldiers”

FICTION

Winner: Barbara K. Richardson, “Tributary”

Finalist: Julianne Donaldson, “Blackmoore”

Finalist: Camron Wright, “The Rent Collector”

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

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”  

NON-FICTION

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”


Previous Winners

2011 Winners

POETRY

Winner: Katharine Coles, “The Earth Is Not Flat”

Finalist: Jon Sebba, “Yossi, Yasser, & Other Soldiers”

FICTION

Winner: Barbara K. Richardson, “Tributary”

Finalist: Julianne Donaldson, “Blackmoore”

Finalist: Camron Wright, “The Rent Collector”

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

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”  

NON-FICTION

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”


2011

Fiction
In This Light - Melanie Rae Thon

Nonfiction
The Glen Canyon Country - Don D. Fowler

Poetry
Lovely Asunder - Danielle Cadena Deulen

Young Adult
How to Save a Life - Sara Zarr

Children’s
Tuesdays at the Castle - Jessica Day George


2010

Fiction

Danse Macabre by Gerald Elias

Nonfiction

Traces of Fremont by Steven R. Simms

Poetry

Giving Way by Shawn Fawson

Children's

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale

Young Adult

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White


 


 

2009

Fiction

Winner
My Abandonment
by Peter Rock

Finalist
The Signal: A Novel
by Ron Carlson

Nonfiction

Winner
Comb Ridge and Its People: The Ethnohistory of a Rock
by Robert S. McPherson

Finalist
The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green
by James M. Aton

Finalist
The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars
by Christopher Cokinos

Poetry

Winner
Backyard Alchemy
by Lance Larsen

Finalist
The Frozen Kingdom
by Gail Schimmelpfennig

Young Adults

Winner
Once Was Lost
by Sara Zarr

Finalist
The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

Finalist
The Ring
by Bobbie Pyron

Finalist
The Chosen One
by Carol Lynch Williams

Children

Winner
Pingo
by Brandon Mull

Finalist
Dragon Spear
by Jessica Day George

Finalist
Once Upon a Saturday
by Leslie Lammie


2008

Fiction

The End of the Straight and Narrow
by David McGlynn
fic M478883637 end

Nonfiction

Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America
by Stephen Trimble
333.7313 T831 ba

Poetry

Made Flesh
by Craig Arnold
811 A7519 ma

Young Adults

The Way He Lived
by Emily Wing Smith
YA S646759 way

Children

Rapunzel's Revenge
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale
GRAPHIC NOVEL j Rapunzel


2007

Fiction

The Arc and the Sediment
by Christine Allen-Yazzie
fic A432399 arca

Nonfiction

Dave Rust: A Life in the Canyons
by Frederick H. Swanson
B R971165 sw

Poetry

Whale Song: A Poet's Journey
into Cancer

by Kenneth W. Brewer
811 B847 whp

Children/Young Adults

Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale
YA H1647 bo


2006

Fiction

Calling Out
by Rae Meadows
fic M48237 ca

Nonfiction

France Davis: An American Story Told
by France A. Davis and
Nayra Atiya

B D261873

Poetry

Weather Report
by Rob Carney
811 C289 we

Children/Young Adults

Around the House the Fox
Chased the Mouse

by Rick Walton
jp Walton