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: Nominations for the 2022 Nebraska Book Awards have closed!

The Awards competition opens in March each year and entries are due by June 30 each year. Books published in 2022, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination in 2023. 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 2022 for the 2023 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

    2022 (23rd annual) for books published in 2021

    Children's Best Contuing Series
    George Meets His Match by Kristin Bauer Ganoung
    Illustrated by K. E. Gadeken
    Publisher: Prairieland Press
    Youth Book
    Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds by Alison Pearce Stevens
    Illustrated by Matt Huynh
    Publisher: Godwin Books, Henry Holt Company
    Cover and Design
    After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America's Stolen Lands by Margaret D. Jacobs
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Illustration
    Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds by Alison Pearce Stevens
    Illustrated by Matt Huynh
    Publisher: Godwin Books, Hnery Holt Company
    Fiction
    The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Nonfiction Biography
    The Only Wonderful Things: The Creative Partnership of Willa Cather & Edith Lewis by Melissa J. Homestead
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Nonfiction Biography Honor
    Time in the Wilderness: The Formative Years of John "Black Jack" Pershing in the American West by Dr. Tim McNeese
    Publisher: Potomac Books
    Nonfiction Health and Fitness
    Fuel Your Body: How to Cook and Eat for Peak Performance by Angie Asche
    Publisher: Agate Publishing
    Nonfiction Natural History
    Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds by Alison Pearce Stevens
    Illustrated by Matt Huynh
    Publisher: Godwin Books, Henry Holt Company
    Nonfiction Nebraska as Place
    Nebraska Golf: Out of the Shadows by Stu Pospisil
    Publisher: Omaha World Herald
    Nonfiction Popular History
    Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases by Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen
    Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
    Poetry
    The Way of Things by Shannon Vesely
    Publisher: Rogue Faculty Press
    Poetry Honor
    Unholy Heart by Grace Bauer
    Publisher: The Backwaters Press
    Special Poetry
    More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser by Jessica Poli, Marco Abel, and Timothy Schaffert
    Publisher: University of Nebraska 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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