The Nebraska Center for the Book

AWARDS

Nebraska Book Awards

The Nebraska Book Awards program, sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB), recognizes and honors books that are written by Nebraska authors, published by Nebraska publishers, set in Nebraska, or concerning Nebraska.

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Nominations

Please note: The Awards competition opens in March each year and entries are due by June 30 each year. Books published in 2018, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination in 2019.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards for books published in 2018 are accepted until June 30, 2019. Books published in 2018, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination. They must be professionally published, have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), and be bound. Books may be entered in one or more of the following categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Children/Young Adult, Cover/Design/Illustration, and Poetry. Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each category.

Award winners from this year's competition will be presented at the Nebraska Center for the Book’s Celebration of Nebraska Books and Annual Meeting in downtown Lincoln.

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The entry fee is $40 per book and per category entered.

Enter in one of two ways:

  • Complete the Online Entry Form and submit payment through PayPal. Mail three copies of the book to the below address.
  • Mail the Entry Form [pdf], three copies of the book, and the entry fee to:
    NCB Book Awards Competition
    c/o Nebraska Library Commission
    The Atrium
    1200 N Street, Suite 120
    Lincoln, NE 68508-2023

    Eligibility

    The competition is open to Nebraska authors, Nebraska publishers, and other authors or publishers of books set in or relating to Nebraska. To be eligible, the book must be:

    • Published the previous year as indicated by the copyright date (e.g., published in 2018 for the 2019 awards);
    • Published professionally and assigned an ISBN number; and
    • Bound (no loose-leaf).

    Books may be one or more of the following:

    • Written by a Nebraskan or Nebraska-related author;
    • Published by a Nebraska publisher; or
    • Have a Nebraska theme or setting.

    Entries must be made in one or more of the following categories:

    • Children/Young Adult
    • Cover/Design/Illustration
    • Fiction
    • Nonfiction
    • Poetry

    Certificates will be awarded to the winners in each category.

    Award recipients

    2018 (19th annual) for books published in 2017

    Children's Picture Book
    Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep, by Bruce Arant
    Publisher: Peter Pauper Press, Inc.
    Chapter Book
    George and the Stolen Sunny Spot, by Kristin Bauer Ganoung
    Publisher: Prairieland Press
    Young Adult Honor
    The November Girl, by Lydia Kang
    Publisher: Entangled Teen
    Cover/Design/Illustration
    Nebraska’s First College: Shaping the Future Since 1867, by Dan Sullivan
    Design by Christine Zueck-Watkins.
    Publisher: Peru State College Foundation
    Fiction
    World, Chase Me Down: A Novel, by Andrew Hilleman
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Fiction Honor
    Kings of Broken Things, by Theodore Wheeler
    Publisher: Little A
    Fiction: Short Story Honor
    One With Bird: And Other Stories, by Douglas K. German
    Publisher: iUniverse
    Nonfiction Biography
    The Weight of the Weather: Regarding the poetry of Ted Kooser, edited by Mark Sanders
    Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
    Nonfiction Culture
    The Sex Effect: Baring Our Complicated Relationship with Sex, by Ross Benes
    Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
    Nonfiction History
    Homesteading the Plains: Toward a New History, by Richard Edwards, Jacob K. Friefeld, and Rebecca S. Wingo
    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    Nonfiction Immigration Story
    Short Hair Detention: Memoir of a Thirteen-Year-Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide, by Channy Chhi Laux
    Publisher: Archway Publishing
    Nonfiction Memoir
    What is Gone, by Amy Knox Brown
    Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
    Nonfiction Reference
    Atlas of Nebraska, by J. Clark Archer, Richard Edwards, Leslie M. Howard, Fred M. Shelley, Donald A. Wilhite, and David J. Wishart
    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    Nonfiction Sesquicentennial
    150@150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial, by Jeff Barnes
    Publisher: The Donning Company Publishers
    Poetry
    Rock Tree Bird , Twyla M. Hansen
    Publisher: The Backwaters Press
    Poetry Anthology
    Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, edited by Daniel Simon
    Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press
    Poetry Honor
    Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems, by Constance Merritt
    Publisher: Headmistress Press

    Go to the comprehensive list of winners, dating back to 2000.

    Previous submissions

    View the lists of submissions from previous years:

     


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