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 2018 Awards for books published in 2017 were accepted until June 30, 2018. Books published in 2017, as indicated by the copyright date, were 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 by sending the Entry Form, 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:

Books may be one or more of the following:

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

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 Honor
Blind Girl Grunt: The Selected Blues Lyrics and Other Poems, by Constance Merritt
Publisher: Headmistress Press
Poetry Anthology
Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, edited by Daniel Simon
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University 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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