The 2020 Colorado Book Awards is open for submissions for books published by Colorado authors in 2019 with a submission deadline of Jan. 6, 2020.


To be eligible for a Colorado Book Award, a primary contributor to the book must be a Colorado writer, editor, illustrator or photographer. Current Colorado residents are eligible, as are individuals engaged in ongoing literary work in the state and authors whose personal history, identity, and literary work reflect a strong Colorado influence. Independently published work is welcome. All entries must have a copyright page and an ISBN, and it is strongly recommended that all entries be professionally edited.


To celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers, Colorado Book Awards are presented in at least 10 categories, including anthology/collection, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general fiction, general nonfiction, genre fiction, history, pictorial, poetry, romance, and young adult literature.


For more information, contact Bess Maher, (303) 894-7951, ext. 19; fax 303.864.9361,; email at