Calling all Published and Unpublished Entries for the 2019 San Diego Book Awards!
The San Diego Book Awards competition is open to current residents of San Diego County. Books submitted for the 2018 competition (awards presented in June 2019) must have been first published or copyrighted in 2018.
BE ADVISED — For published entrants, 2017 and 2018 release dates are included.
Yes, they’re the same.
2017 and 2018 release dates included for published entrants. See submission guidelines for details.
Even though there was no contest for published books this year, we still had a marvelous unpublished competition.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
Unpublished Novel Finalists
The Oakland Mets by Ann Bancroft
The Heartbreak Photo Album by Frank DiPalermo
Maeve’s Music by Anne Marie Welsh
Unpublished Short Story Finalists
A Matter of Integrity by Muriel Sandy
Gophers by Patty Campbell
Thank you to all who participated, judged, and otherwise volunteered for the 2018 San Diego Book Awards.
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!
When: Friday, May 25 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
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.
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.
This is the reason SDBA is here, to celebrate San Diego writing, writers, and happenings.