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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

Nominations for the 2024 Nebraska Book Awards are now open!

The Awards competition opens February 14th and entries are due by May 31st. Books published in 2023, as indicated by the copyright date, are eligible for nomination in 2024. 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.

Winners in each category will be invited to participate as featured authors at the October 12th, 2024 Nebraska Celebration of Books in Lincoln. The event will culminate in an awards ceremony for the authors, publishers, and their families, where winning books will be displayed and authors will have the opportunity to read from and sign their books.

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The entry fee is $40 per book and per category entered.
Deadline for entries is May 31, 2024.

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 2023 for the 2024 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

    2023 (24th annual) for books published in 2022

    Children's Design
    Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! by James Solheim
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
    Children's Nonfiction
    Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! by James Solheim
    Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
    Young Adult
    Scattered Showers by Rainbow Rowell
    Publisher: Wednesday Books, St. Martin’s Publishing Group
    Design
    Feeding the Fire by Twyla Hansen
    Publisher: Wayne State College Press
    Illustration
    The Rowdy Randy Wild West Show by Casey Day Rislov
    Illustrator: Zachary Pullen
    Publisher: Mountain Stars Press
    Fiction
    Private Way by Ladette Randolph
    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    Nonfiction Autobiography
    Monkey on the Other Side of the Window: The True Story of the Northeast Nebraska Zoo in Royal, Nebraska by Dick Haskin
    Publisher: Morris Publishing
    Nonfiction Biography
    The Women Who Built Omaha: A Bold and Remarkable History by Eileen Wirth
    Publisher: Bison Books
    Nonfiction Fellowship
    From Your Friend, Carey Dean: Letters from Nebraska’s Death Row by Lisa Knopp
    Publisher: Cascade Books
    Nonfiction History
    Standing Bear’s Quest for Freedom: The First Civil Rights Victory for Native Americans by Lawrence A. Dwyer
    Publisher: Bison Books
    Nonfiction Nebraska as Place
    Nourishing Waters, Comforting Sky: Thirty-Five Years at a Sandhills Oasis by Stephen R. Jones
    Publisher: Bison Books
    Nonfiction Solidarity
    Dirt Persuasion: Civic Environmental Populism and the Heartland’s Pipeline Fight by Derek Moscato
    Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
    Poetry
    A Crazy Little Thing by Lucy Adkins
    Publisher: Wayne State College Press
    Poetry Honor
    Cord Blood by Bonnie Johnson-Bartee
    Publisher: Sandhills 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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