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2019 CALL FOR JUDGES

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SDBA proudly announces the 25th Annual San Diego Book Awards
CALL FOR JUDGES!
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If you’ve already filled out the form for last year, no need to do it again (unless you’re making changes). We look forward to reading the stories of San Diego,
– SDBA Board of Directors, Judging Chairs, and Judges

2019 SDBA Winners

Please help celebrate the 2019 winners
of the
San Diego Book Awards!

Best Unpublished Children/YA Novel
The Rainmaker’s Secret by Judy McSweeney

Best Unpublished Memoir
NONE

Best Unpublished Novels
NONE

Best Unpublished Poetry Chapbook
The Living Come Find Me by Erica Blunt

Best Unpublished Short Story
Fair Game by Judy McSweeney

Best Published Anthology
Magic, Mystery & Murder by Cornelia Feye & Tamara Merrill

Best Published Biography/Autobiography
Brain XP by Christine Marie Frey

Best Published Business
Supportive Accountability by Sylvia Melena

Best Published Children’s Fiction
Oceanside Adventures by Nancy Glen & Julia Glen

Best Published Children’s Nonfiction
Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt for Kids by Simonetta Carr

Best Published Children’s Picture Books
Benji, The Bad Day & Me by Sally J. Pla

Best Published General Nonfiction
War and Sex and Human Destiny by Judith L. Hand

Best Published Historical Fiction
Without Warning by Thomas C. Sanger

Best Published Inspiration/Self-Help/Spiritual
Knowing by Shawna Allard

Best Published Local Interest
San Diego Mamma Atlas by Scott Tremor

Best Published Mainstream Fiction
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

Best Published Memoir
A Few Minor Adjustments by Cherie Kephart

Best Published Mystery/Suspense
Rust & Stardust by Tammy Greenwood

Best Published Poetry
How to Pull Apart the Earth by Karla Cordero

Best Published Romance
Alchemy’s Hunger by Cynthia Diamond

Best Published Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Holy Crap! The World is Ending! by Anne-Marie Abell

Best Published Travel
The Long Way Back by Lois Joy Hoffman

Best Published Young Adult
Now I Rise by Kiersten White

2019 Geisel Winner
Holy Crap! The World is Ending!
by Anne-Marie Abell

2019 Chet Recipient

THERE IS NO CHET RECIPIENT FOR THE 2019  SDBA CONTEST

Thank you to all the entrants who submitted!

2019 Finalist

 

2019 SDBA Finalists

SDBA Finalists for 20174 soon to be announced

Please note, only categories with multiple finalists or no category winners are listed.

UNPUBLISHED Children’s/Young Adult Novel
Run to Me by Julie Schwartz
The Rainmaker’s Secret by Judy McSweeney

UNPUBLISHED Memoir
NONE

UNPUBLISHED Novel
Fear Caller by Beverly Hamowitz

UNPUBLISHED Short Story
Fair Game by Judy McSweeney
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bar by Bob Guess

Published Anthology
City works Journal Volume 25 by M. P. Lopez & H.A. Martinez
Magic, Mystery & Murder by Cornelia Feye & Tamara Merrill
The Guilded Pen-2018 Anthology of the SDWEG – Edited by Marcia Buompensiero

Published Biography/Autobiography
Brain XP: Living with Mental Illness, a Young Teenager’s Perspective by Christine Marie Frey
The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses by Karen Kenyon

Published Business
Get Noticed Be Remembered: Creating a Personal Brand Strategy for Success by Krista Clive-Smith
Supportive Accountability: How to Inspire People and Improve Performance by Sylvia Melena

Published Children’s Nonfiction
Cleopatra and Ancient Egypt for Kids: Her Life and World, with 21 Activities by Simonetta Carr
Sonia Sotomayor: A Biography (Living History) by Sylvia Mendoza
Rabbits and Rats, Birds and Seeds, Cactus and Trees: Plants and animals at work in El Pinacate, Sonoran Desert by Paul Dayton

Published Children’s Picture Books
Benji, the Bad Day and Me by Sally J. Pla
Jorge & The Lost Cookie Jar by Marta Arroyo
With Love, Grandma by Helen Foster James

Published General Nonfiction
Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America by David Clary
War, Sex and Human Destiny by Judith Hand, Ph.D.
You Don’t Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie’s Dark Side by Orly Lobel

Published Historical Fiction
As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
The Defiance of Reiko Murata by Allen Wittenborn
Without Warning  by Thomas C. Sanger

Published Local Interest
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County by Jerry Shad & Scott Turner
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias by Michael Wilken-Robertson
San Diego County Mammal Atlas by San Diego Natural History Museum – Scott Tremor, Drew Stokes, Wayne Spencer, Jay Diffendorfer, Howard Thomas, Susan Chivers, Philip Unitt, Editors

Published Mainstream Fiction
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner
The Golden Hour by Tammy Greenwood
Endless Blue Sky by Josh Turner

Published Memoir
A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing by Cherie Kephart
When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories by Amy E. Wallen
Why My Cup? How I Overcame Growing Up in a Crack House by Celene Adams & Uhmbaya Laury

Published Mystery/Suspense
The Butcher’s Bill by Martin Roy Hill
Rust & Stardust Tammy Greenwood
Wrong Light by Matt Coyle

Published Poetry
After the Tour by Jennifer Minniti-Shippey
How to Pull Apart the Earth by Karla Cordero
What Light I Have by Debbie Hall

Published Romance
Alchemy’s Hunger (Wyrd Love Book 4) by Cynthia Diamond
Rachel’s Secret by Mary Galusha
Twists of Fate: A Folk-Rock Odyssey by Robert Gilberg

Published Self-Help/Spiritual/Inspiration
Just Be: Transform Your Life and Live as Infinity by Suresh Ramaswamy
Knowing by Shawna Allard
The Gift of Recovery: 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction by Rebecca Williams & Julie Kraft

Published Travel
In Search of Adventure and Moments of Bliss: The Long Way Back by Lois Hoffmann
Rain Falling on Tamarind Trees: A Travelogue of Vietnam by C.L. Hoang

Published Young Adult
Mini Horses, Mighty Hearts: Rootbeer and Edward by Rene Townsend
Now I Rise (And I Darken) by Kiersten White

 

2019 Judging Still in Process

THE WINDOW FOR PUBLISHED AND UNPUBLISHED SUBMISSIONS IS NOW CLOSED.
BUT OUR JUDGES ARE HARD AT WORK READING ALL YOUR SUBMISSIONS!

A special note of thanks goes out to all judges and judging chairs during this time.

The scores are almost all calculated. Finalists will be announced SOON!

BEST OF LUCK TO ALL ENTRANTS!

SDBA Award Ceremony Updates

When Chet started this wonderful organization, his mission was to spur on the San Diego writer. As an Association, we have been examining the ways in which we might be able to further this mission. The awards we give out celebrate writers and help recognize achievement, but we know there is more we could do to help our writers flourish.

Typically, we host an awards ceremony to honor winners. This year, after much deliberation with volunteers, entrants and past winners, we have decided to dispense with the ceremony and use our resources to instead give cash prizes to our winners.

We will also be using competition funds to pay for tables and booths at writers events in order to showcase our winners and help them find a broader audience. We hope this will further encourage their writing efforts.

We appreciate everything our writers do from book entries to judging comments, volunteer hours, and sending emails. We want to support you, encourage you, and inspire you to do more with your writing. And we are confident that this decision is in keeping with Chet’s idea to celebrate the San Diego writer.

Sincerely,
San Diego Book Awards Association

SDBA on KPBS

San Diego novelist Chet Cunningham had written more than 300 published books. He started the San Diego Book Awards 24 years ago… READ MORE HERE.

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

Submission Guidelines Updated

ATTENTION ALL SAN DIEGO WRITERS!

SDBA invites you to preview our new and improved SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for the upcoming “Call for Entries” this year.

We are so excited about 2019 and look forward to supporting your stories.

Warm regards,
SDBA Board of Directors & Judges

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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.

PUBLISHED FORMS AND GUIDELINES

UNPUBLISHED FORMS AND GUIDELINES

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SDBA proudly announces the 24th Annual San Diego Book Awards
CALL FOR JUDGES!

CLICK HERE TO UPDATE YOUR JUDGING PREFERENCES

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.

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