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Washington State Book Awards are given for outstanding 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.

How to Enter

Submissions for the 2019 awards (for books published in 2018) will be accepted from March 1, 2018 to December 1, 2018. For information, please email

Finalists for the 2018 Washington State Book Awards (for books published in 2017) will be notified by September 1, 2018.