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Washington State Book Awards

Washington State Book Awards are given for outstanding books for books published by Washington authors the previous year. A book award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality.

Winners and finalists are named in eight categories:

Books for Adults

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Biography and Memoir
  • General Nonfiction

Books for Youth

  • Picture Book
  • Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)
  • Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 - 12)
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)

The Washington State Book Awards are administered by the Washington Center for the Book, a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

Celebrate the Winners and Finalists

The 2017 Washington State Book Awards celebration is Saturday, October 14, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Seattle. This event is free and open to all!

2017 WSBA Judges

Jury for Adult Awards

  • Linda Andrews, English Instructor, Walla Walla Community College
  • Lisa Bitney, Adult Services Librarian, Tacoma Public Library
  • Pam Cady, Manager, University Book Store
  • Lisa Gresham, Collection Support Manager, Whatcom County Library System

Jury for Youth Categories

  • Sheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian, Tacoma Public Library
  • Tom Brown, Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
  • Raina Sedore, Youth Services Librarian, Timberland Library System


How to enter

Entry forms and submission guidelines are available below. Questions? Email

Entry form pdf

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 book awards (for books published in 2017) is February 1, 2018.

We thank our sponsor

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation