Washington State Book Award

Washington State Book Award

The Washington State Book Awards are presented annually in recognition of notable books written by Washington authors in the previous year.

This literary awards program was established in 1967 as the Governor's Writers Awards. The program was based at the Washington State Library in Olympia. Each year up to ten outstanding books of any kind written by Washington authors in the previous year were recognized with awards based on literary merit, lasting importance, and overall quality of the publication.

In 2001 the Washington Center for the Book based at the Seattle Public Library took over the administration of the program and it was renamed the Washington State Book Awards.

In 2005 a separate category for children's books was established; since 2005 two children's books each year have received Scandiuzzi Children's Book Awards, one for picture books and the other for middle grades and young adults.

In 2006 the Center for the Book divided the entire awards program into categories and severely reduced the number of awards. From 2006 through 2010, History and Biography formed one category. In 2011, Biography and Memoir formed one category and History was grouped with General Nonfiction. The current categories are: History/General Nonfiction, Biography/Memoir, Fiction, Poetry, and two Scandiuzzi Children's Books Awards.

Since 2006 the program has been much more restrictive since there is only a single award-winner in each category.

Read more about Washington State Book Award:  Recent Washington State Book Award Winners and Finalists

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