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Susan Vreeland, San Diego Author

The San Diego Book Awards extends their condolences to the family, friends, and the San Diego writing community for the loss of Susan Vreeland who passed away on August 23.

“Nobody brought art and artists to life like she did,” said Julie Slavinsky from Warwick’s bookstore in John Wilken’s obituary of Vreeland in the August 2 San Diego Union-Tribune.

In a 2014 interview in the Union-Tribune, Ms. Vreeland gave wonderful advice to authors, “Writers have to be observant. Every nuance, every inflection in a voice, the quality of air even–they all get mixed up in this soup of the story developing in our minds. We can’t ignore these little intuitions, because sometimes that’s where you find treasures.”

And, as Susan McBeth of Adventures by the Book said in Vreeland’s obituary, “We’ve lost a literary treasure.”

At long last, our winner sticker is available for digital use! You can add it to your book covers, press releases, and website! The file comes as a PNG.

And don’t worry, our regular stickers are still available at our store!


Don’t forget to enter this year’s contest!

10/1/17 – 11/30/17 Unpublished Entry Window

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

2018 Contest Submission Window!

The entry window for the 2018 contest is now here!

10/1/17 – 11/30/17 Unpublished Entry Window

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

San Diego Book Awards

Finalists to be Announced!

SDBA Finalists for 20174 soon to be announcedThe 2017 SDBA Finalists will be listed after May 15th. STAY TUNED!

You’re Invited to the 2017 SDBA Ceremony

2017 SDBA Ceremony

June 10th, 6 p.m.
Sheraton La Jolla Hotel
3299 Holiday Ct.
La Jolla CA 92037, USA

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Occupancy is limited, but tickets are now on sale! $29.00 for ticket purchases BEFORE May 26, 2017. $35.00 after the early bird deadline.  

Tickets can be purchased via check (Just mail it to SD Book Awards, P.O. Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052. *Please make checks payable to SD Book Awards) or purchase them here via PayPal.

*Please spell out the full name of all attendees at the time of ticket purchase so we will have name tags for everyone at the ceremony. If you’re mailing in your registration, write the names on a separate sheet and include with your check. If you’re paying by PayPal, write the names in the “comments” section. If for any reason the comment section does not appear, please email us your attendees names at

Wall Street Journal Honors Chet Cunningham

[Chet] didn’t wait for inspiration to strike. “A carpenter doesn’t not go into work because he has carpenter’s block,” said his daughter, Christine Ashworth, also a novelist. “He considered writing a craft, and he just did it.”

Read the full article here.

San Diego Union-Tribune’s John Wilkens Honors Chet Cunningham

This is a wonderful article about a wonderful man.

Click here to read John Wilken’s article.


June 10, 2017 at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel – details to follow

Chet Cunningham, SDBAA Founder, Passes at 88

Chet Cunningham
December 9, 1928 – March 14, 2017

Chet Cunningham, a beloved San Diego writer, and founder of the San Diego Book Awards Association has passed after 88 years of life–a life which changed the very culture San Diego writing and writers.

“Chet was a tremendous inspiration to me and shaped my life by introducing me to the San Diego Book Awards Association, where we worked together for fifteen years. Yet of all of his achievements, it was his relationship with his wife, Rosie, that inspired me most. If I can be half the man and husband he was, I will consider myself a success.” -Former SDBAA President Bradley Steffens

Jean Forsythe, President of SDBAA had been in contact with him about the “Chet Cunningham Spur Award” for best unpublished entry (one of his personal passions was to promote unpublished writers in San Diego). SDBAA Board members were all excited about the ceremony June 10, 2017 at the Sheraton La Jolla Hotel. He was going to try to attend and present the “Chet” for the first time.

San Diego Writers will feel the ripples of this man’s life for generations.


San Diego novelist Chet Cunningham has written more than 300 published books. He started the San Diego Book Awards 22 years ago… READ MORE HERE.

Here is a link to the transcript, for better accessibility.

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