Even though there was no contest for published books this year, we still had a marvelous unpublished competition. In fact, the Board of Directors would like to take a moment and recognize one of this year’s entrants. At ten years of age, he won our hearts with his contest entry. While he did not become a finalist, we want to recognize his efforts

Special Mention
Autistic and  Awesome
 by Alphonso Camacho 

Here are your 2018 Unpublished Finalists and Winners!

Unpublished Novel Finalists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

Unpublished Novel WINNER
The Oakland Mets by Ann Bancroft

Unpublished Short Story Finalists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

Unpublished Short Story WINNER
A Matter of Integrity
 by Muriel Sandy

Unpublished Memoir/WINNER
An Unfair Death by Virginia Hull

Thank you to all who participated, judged, and otherwise volunteered for the 2018 San Diego Book Awards.

 

San Diego Editor Presentation at Lestat’s Coffeehouse

BOOK PUBLISHING 1-2-3

 

Grab a pen and join us for this popular, lively workshop—it’s spiced with stories and tips to empower and inspire writers of all levels.

We’ll start with a glance at today’s dynamic book business (including the rise of self-publishing), then share tips for connecting with editors and literary agents, as well as ideas to help writers both refine their craft and stretch their creativity, and wrap up with a few practical thoughts on book promotion.
Other highlights: Writing prompts to stir fresh thinking; four-page handout; Q&A, sample edit.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 11am–12:30pm

Where: Lestat’s Coffeehouse (3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights)

How much: $20 per person — reservations are not needed. All walk-ins are welcome!

Benefit: Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Fletcher Hills Public Library.

Presenter: Laurie Gibson, the book editor with more than two decades of professional experience, including proofreading titles by Brian Tracy, Alice Walker, George Shultz, and Jimmy Buffett. For several years, Laurie also taught editing for the Extension programs at both UCSD and UCLA. Please note, this event and the one in July will be the last time Book Publishing 1-2-3 will be presented in the region!

Contact: (858) 635-1233 or eaglet5223@mypacks.net

SD Public Library Short Story Contest Winners Read

SD Public Library Short Story Contest Winners: Live Readings & Performance

When: Friday, May 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Where: Central Library / Neil Morgan Auditorium 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

Cost: FREE

Join Write Out Loud and San Diego Public Library for a delightful evening of live readings and performance of the top 4 winning stories in SDPL’s inaugural Short Story Contest. The goal of the Short Story Contest is to foster local writing talent and provide a platform for the promotion and publication of short-form fiction in the area and is a continuation of the library’s robust support for local writing.  Winning writers Aaron Garretson, Jean Seager, Bruce Golden and Eleanor Bluestein will be in attendance to receive their awards. Refreshments served.

 

SDBA Winner Margaret Harmon Speaks at La Jolla Pen Women

Margaret Harmon spoke at the La Jolla Pen Women get together this past weekend about “Literary Games, using the power of PLAY to crash through fears, blocks, and procrastination…we win by playing.” Harmon won the 2014 San Diego Book Award for Best Published Anthology with The Genie Who Had Wishes of His Own.

She also spent some time at the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild Author Showcase in the La Jolla Library on Saturday, May 11th.

Way to go Margaret!

This is the reason SDBA is here, to celebrate San Diego writing, writers, and happenings.

SDBA speaks at the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild

“To illustrate the impact and value of the SBDA awards, board member Aida Dennehy described how her life as a writer dramatically changed when she won last year’s “Best Unpublished Novel.” Before, her writing was shared only with her family; but now she realizes she has a voice and a message to share as a writer…”

Read the full article by clicking here.

 

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

There will be no Unpublished Poetry Finalists for 2018

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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