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Submission Window 2018

Calling all Published and Unpublished Entries for the 2019 San Diego Book Awards!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.



2016 SDBAA Logo w text

2016 SDBAA Logo w text

SDBA proudly announces the 24th Annual San Diego Book Awards


We look forward to reading the stories of San Diego,
San Diego Book Awards Association Board of Directors and Judges

Ann Bancroft receives Best Unpublished Novel Award

Ann Bancroft, right, winner of the 2017 Best Unpublished Novel Award for “The Oakland Mets,” with Tiffany Vakilian, president of the San Diego Book Awards.

After a hectic summer traveling, Ann Bancroft finally returned home to Coronado and received her San Diego Book Awards trophy.

Ann’s novel, “The Oakland Mets,” was the winner in the 2017 Best Unpublished Novel category.

San Diego Book Awards president Tiffany Valikian, and vice-president David Grant Urban, were on-hand to present Ann with her trophy.

SDBA at the San Diego Book Festival!

The second annual San Diego Book Festival was a huge success, drawing over 20,000 to the Liberty Station event held on August 25.

The San Diego Book Awards was at the second annual San Diego Book Festival this past August 25th.

The festival, sponsored by the San Diego Union Tribune and held at Liberty Station, drew thousands of book lovers.

At the San Diego Book Awards table were several past award winners, and 2017 award winners Virginia Hull and Muriel Sandy were presented their trophies for Best Unpublished Memoir and Best Unpublished Short Story, respectively.

Author G J Berger at the San Diego Book Awards table. G J Berger was a San Diego Book Awards 2012 award winner for best published historical fiction for his novel “South Of Burnt Rocks.”

Author Jennifer A. Davis at the San Diego Book Awards table. Jennifer A. Davis was the 2013 San Diego Book Awards winner for Best Published Young Adult Novel with her novel “The Voice.”

Virginia Hull is the 2017 San Diego Book Awards winner for Best Unpublished Memoir, “An Unfair Death.”

Muriel Sandy is the 2017 San Diego Book Awards winner for Best Unpublished Short Story, “A Matter of Integrity.”

San Diego Book Awards vice-president David Urban had the honor of appearing with Earl Javorsky and Caitlin Rother at the Crime and Mystery Forum at the 2018 San Diego Festival of Books.

San Diego Book Awards President Tiffany Vakilian at the San Diego Book Festival, escorted by a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

2019 Contest Submission Window!

The entry window for the 2019 contest is now here!

10/1/18 – 12/31/18 Unpublished Entry Window

10/1/18 – 12/31/18 Published Entry Window

Yes, they’re the same.

2017 and 2018 release dates included for published entrants. See submission guidelines for details.

San Diego Book Awards

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 Memoir WINNER
An Unfair Death by Virginia Hull

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

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


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.

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.

San Diego Book Awards Association

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!

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