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The Chicago Writers Association proudly announces its 5th Annual CWA Book of the Year Award contest!

The contest is open to all books published (Date of First Publication) from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. We will be awarding books in the categories of Traditionally Published and Non-Traditionally Published (self-published and POD-published) for Fiction and Non-Fiction. Four (4) awards in total will be awarded at a ceremony in January 2015.

The contest is open to CWA member authors and to non-member authors residing in the 9-county Chicagoland and metropolitan region.

Deadline for book entries: Friday, July 31, 2015

Member entry fee: $15

Non-member entry fee: $25

Please mail your book (hard copy-only, no electronic submissions) entry to: Chicago Writers Association, P.O. Box 6505, Evanston, IL 60204.

Along with your entry, please include your name, email address, title of your entry, category of your entry, and a check or money order made payable to Chicago Writers Association.

Payments can also be made payable online through PayPal:

Author Options

If you pay online, please enclose a copy of the PayPal receipt with your submission.

Make sure your book gets the attention it deserves! Good luck!


  1. Where will the award ceremony be held? I can recommend this to someone but need to know how far he would have to travel for the event.


    Comment by Helen Gallagher on July 5, 2015 at 8:52 am

  2. Helen, our book awards ceremony have always been held in January at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.

    Comment by cwa-admin on July 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

  3. I was wondering what happens to the book we submitted? Is there any way of getting feedback from whoever read it?

    Thank you!

    Comment by Molly on December 21, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  4. I’m sorry, Molly, we do not give feedback to books that have been submitted. There are just too many entries. If you are looking for critical reviews, I recommend if you haven’t already done so, submitting to our Windy City Writers review site. – Chicago Writers Association

    Comment by cwa-admin on December 27, 2015 at 6:22 am

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