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Submissions for the 2018 awards will open on June 1, 2018 and close on August 1, 2018. Entries must have been published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 (date of first publication). We accept only hard copies (paperback or hardbound books) which must be mailed with an entry form and postmarked by August 1st to qualify. Digital books are not accepted. The Book of the Year contest is open to members and non-members.
Winners will be chosen in four categories:

Traditional Fiction – Published by the “Big 5”, independent publishers or small presses that do not charge the author a publishing fee.
Indie Fiction – Self-published, print-on-demand, or published by a house that charges the author a publishing fee.
Traditional Nonfiction – Published by the “Big 5”, independent publishers or small presses that do not charge the author a publishing fee.
Indie Nonfiction – Self-published, print-on-demand, or published by a house that charges the author a publishing fee 

Winners will receive a cash prize of $250, an engraved award, a $50 gift card to The Book Cellar, Book of the Year stickers for their books and publication of first chapter in CWA’s Write City Magazine.