World Book Day

2018 SDBA Finalists

SDBA Finalists for 20174 soon to be announced

Unpublished Memoir
An Unfair Death by Virginia Hull

Unpublished Novel
The Oakland Mets by Ann Bancroft
The Heartbreak Photo Album by Frank DiPalermo
Maeve’s Music by Anne Marie Welsh

Unpublished Short Story
A Matter of Integrity by Muriel Sandy
Gophers by Patty Campbell

Stay tuned for the Poetry Finalists!

San Diego Book Awards regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s published book competition. Unfortunately, we did not receive enough entries to have a meaningful competition.

The unpublished segment of the competition will go on as planned.

We have contacted our published authors, and most have opted to leave their entries with us. They will be automatically entered in next year’s competition. We are considering making this a two-year competition moving forward.

What do you think?

Although the competition has been modified for 2018, we still have a number of activities planned for the coming months, and there are many ways to get involved and volunteer to help us continue our mission of encouraging and supporting local authors.

Sincerely,
San Diego Book Awards Association

Let The Judging Begin!

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THE 2018 WINDOW FOR PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED SUBMISSIONS IS NOW CLOSED. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL ENTRANTS!

A special note of thanks goes out to all judges and judging chairs during this time.

Published Window NOW OPEN

Calling all Published Entries for the
2018 San Diego Book Awards!

Entry fee for each Published submission is $25.00.

The San Diego Book Awards Published Book competition is open to current residents of San Diego County. Books submitted for the 2017 competition (awards presented in June 2018) must have been first published or copyrighted in 2017.

  • The submission period for published books will begin on January 1, 2018, and end on January 31, 2018. Entries postmarked after January 31 will not be judged.
  • Categories (and their subcategories) are listed on the entry form. The final categories and the number of finalists each year is dependent on the number of entries.
  • A book may be entered only once–in either the published year or copyright year.
  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Incomplete entries or entries received after the deadline will not be judged.
  • Submissions received with postage due will be discarded, not judged.
  • Send complete entries to San Diego Book Awards, P.O. Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052-6487.

For additional information, please see our GUIDELINES.

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To celebrate the end of 2017, we at SDBA are honored to now have stickers available for those who have entered and become finalists. As a special thank you for those who have submitted so bravely in previous years, this is our way of letting you know your hard work and support have not gone unnoticed.

Stickers are available for purchase in the SDBA store!

San Diego Book Awards

2018 Published Entrants – Get Ready!

SDBA Get ReadyIt’s almost time to receive SDBA entries for the Published! On, January 1, 2018, we will open up the guidelines and include the Published Entry Form (currently not on the site because we’re in the Unpublished Entry Window). 

We look forward to reading your works from 2017.

Best of luck!

San Diego Book Awards

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Unpublished Entry Window NOW OPEN

Calling all Unpublished Entries for the
2018 San Diego Book Awards!

Entry fee for each Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir submission is $30.00.

Entry fee for each Unpublished Short Story/Poetry Chapbook submission is $15.00.

  • The submission period for unpublished entries will begin on October 1, 2017, and end on November 30, 2017.
  • The San Diego Book Awards competition is open to current residents of San Diego County only.
  • If a manuscript has multiple authors, at least one must reside within San Diego County. Manuscripts by former residents of San Diego County will not be considered.
  • Judging in the Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir category is a two-step process:
    • Entrants will submit the first thirty pages of their novel or memoir for preliminary judging.
    • Finalists will be chosen from those entries and will be asked to send in their complete manuscripts for final judging. Finalists will be notified by phone or email before April 1, 2017.
  • Writers may submit more than one entry in more than one category, but a separate submission fee and entry form must accompany each entry.
  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Incomplete entries or entries received after the deadline will not be judged.
  • Submissions received with postage due will be discarded and not judged.

Please Note: The unpublished competition is open only to writers who have never:
…….** published a short story (if entering in the short story competition)
…….** published a poetry chapbook (if entering in the poetry chapbook competition)
…….** published a full-length novel (if entering the novel/novel for children competition)
…….** published a memoir (if 
entering the memoir competition). 

If you are submitting a novel for children, be sure to indicate the age/grade level on the cover page. Middle grade (grades 3, 4, 5), middle school (grades 6, 7, 8), and young adult/YA (high school and above). Remember, children like to read stories with protagonists older than they are. If you’re writing for young adults, don’t have the protagonist be 12 years old.

Deadline: November 30, 2017. Entries postmarked after that date will not be judged.

For additional information, please see our GUIDELINES.

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Susan Vreeland Memorial — Celebration of Life

The event will be Thursday, September 21, 12:30 PM at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park, San Diego. 

After the 12:30 Public Event in Balboa Park there will be a private reception at another location. 

Feel free to pass this information along. 

Sincerely, 
Kip Gray (Susan’s husband)

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