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The 2020 Submission Window is now open!

The San Diego Book Awards 26th annual book awards competition is open and books submitted for the 2020 competition must have been published or copyrighted in either 2019 or 2020. The submission period runs from October 1 through December 31, 2020.  Awards will be announced on June 15, 2021.


Here are some new items for the entrant this year and going forward.

In order to help our volunteers who work so tirelessly to provide the contest submissions with great attention and honor, we’re now offering the option to purchase electronic copies of the judging forms that are available (only for the 2020 contest and going forward).

The 2021 contest is our 26th Annual Contest starting October 1st and we are so excited to offer the San Diego Contest to ANYONE who wishes to submit. This is a significant change from our previous stance on only allowing entrants who were residents of San Diego County. So, feel free to share this news with your friends and family writers. Please invite them to submit, whether or not they live in San Diego County!

Unpublished Submission Guidelines can be found here.
The entry fee for each Unpublished Novel/Novels for Children/Memoir submission is $45.00.
The entry fee for each Unpublished Short Story/Poetry Chapbook submission is $25.00.

Published Submission Guidelines can be found here.
The entry fee for each Published submission is $45.00.

There’s still time to volunteer to judge or be a judging chair.
Here is some more information!
We are excited and looking forward to reading the fruit of your hard work!



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