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Announcing the San Diego Book Awards Winners!

This was the final contest for the San Diego Book Awards, and we are proud of the legacy we’ve left to the winners and finalists!

Unpublished Winners

Unpublished Short Story
The Purple Madonna
Cathy Worthington

Unpublished Novel
There was a TIE for best Unpublished Novel, and both winners were recommended for the Chet Cunningham Spur Award for best overall unpublished entry.

Please congratulate SDBA’s
Chet Cunningham Spur Award recipients!

Made This Way
Danielle Thomsen


Cathy Worthington

 Published Winners

Published Anthology
Crossing Borders
Edited by Lisa Brackmann and Matt Coyle

Published Children’s Fiction
Jada’s Dance for Chicano Park
Veracruz Sanchez

Published General Fiction
Mother Mother
Jessica O’Dwyer

Daddy Loves You!
Helen Foster James

Published General Nonfiction
Empire Builder: John D. Spreckels and the Making of San Diego
Sandra Bonura

Published Magical Fiction
Melody: A First Contact Novel
David Hoffer

Published Memoir
My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood
Oliva Espin

Published Mystery/Suspense Fiction
Ballast Point Breakdown: A Rolly Waters Mystery
Corey Lynn Fayman

Published Poetry
Near and Far
Al Zolynas

Published Specialized Nonfiction
A Girl Like You
Frank and Carla Murphy

Published Wellness Nonfiction
Mastering Self-Discipline: A Thoughtful Approach Gets Better Results
Brian Peter Brinig

2021 Geisel Winner

Ballast Point Breakdown: A Rolly Waters Mystery
Corey Lynn Fayman

2021 San Diego Book Awards Finalists!

Genre Title Author
Published Anthology Telegraph Canyon Stories Dan Letchworth
Published Children’s Shloyml Boyml and His Lucky Dreydl Yale Strom
Published Children’s Eucalyptus Street: Green Curse Sherrill Joseph
Published Gen Fic Peace Seeker (The Pax Chronicles: Book One) Judith Hand
Published Gen Fic Selling Pencils, and Charlie Penny Perry
Published Gen Nonfic A Natural History of the Anza-Borrego Region: Then and Now Marie Simovich and Mike Wells
Published Mystery/Suspense Fic The Burden of Truth Neal Griffin
Published Spec Nonfic The Voice that Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History Elisa Boxer
Unpublished Novel A Time For Eagles Jeffrey Thurman

Thank you again to all of you who submitted entries, judged, and otherwise volunteered for the San Diego Book Awards. We recognize your efforts and are grateful.

San Diego Book Awards Association

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