Category: San Diego Happenings (page 1 of 2)

We hope you are enjoying your San Diego Summer!

But in the meantime, we have a few announcements and a great opportunity for our previous winners!

The San Diego Book Awards will be sponsoring our own nonprofit booth and a group table at the UT Festival of Books!

Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Liberty Station, we’d like to offer tablespace to any previous SDBA winner or finalist. That’s right, published or unpublished, in any year! First come, first served. Space and schedule depend on how many authors take us up on our offer!

Tentative scheduling is 10 am to 4:15 pm, August 24th, 2019.

25th annual San Diego Book Awards Entry Submission Dates are available. 

10/1/2019-12/31/2019. For the Published Contest, we are accepting entries published in 2018 or 2019. That’s right! If you missed it, you can still submit your entry published in 2018! Check out our website for submission guidelines and details.

Remember, the entry forms are not available until the submission window opens in October.

This year’s Contest Winners have been announced on the website
Thank you to all who participate, judge, and otherwise volunteer for the San Diego Book Awards.

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Best Unpublished Children/YA Novel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Best Unpublished Memoir

Best Unpublished Novels

Best Unpublished Poetry Chapbook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Best Unpublished Short Story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


Thank you to all the entrants who submitted!

2019 Finalist


On Saturday, June 15, 2019
at the home of internationally acclaimed author
Victor Villaseñor

Announcing the
Sixth Annual Writers and Creatives Festival

Celebrating the author and artist within us all

The artistic and literary community within a hundred-mile radius of Oceanside repeats this inspirational event, hosted by CEO of A Word With You Press, Thornton Sully. Bring family and friends to this FREE EVENT at the hacienda of world-acclaimed author Victor Villaseñor, 1302 Stewart Street in Oceanside, on Saturday, June 15th, from 4:00 till 9:00 pm.

All attendees to this pot-luck may choose to have stage time for sharing their accomplishments since the last gathering and inform the audience of upcoming performances, book signings, readings, and gallery openings. Please, come PROMOTE YOUR CREATIVE projects! Networking is not only permitted, it’s part of the attendee job description!

There will be live entertainment and an open mic, beginning at 4:00 at this free, family-friendly event.

If you have ever thought of writing a novel or discovering artistic talents within you, you will leave this event inspired and motivated.
Full details and sign-up are available on Facebook:

Or email Thornton Sully at

On Saturday, April 13, 2019

San Diego Book Awards will be sponsoring two tables at the San Diego Writers Festival. Also, don’t forget to check out KidsWrite! San Diego, sponsored in part by the San Diego Book Awards. We are proud to support San Diego writers at ANY age! Not only that, we’ll be walking around meeting the writers, and our president, Tiffany Vakilian, will be in a panel! Her panel takes place right after Piper Kerman’s interview. Kerman is this year’s keynote speaker, and author of Orange is the New Black.

SDBA sponsoring KidsWrite at San Diego Writers Festival

San Diego Book Awards will be sponsoring the KidsWrite Contest, in addition to two tables at the San Diego Writers Festival in April. We are proud to support San Diego writers at ANY age!

San Diego Book Awards had such success at the UT Book Festival in 2018, we decided to sponsor two tables at the San Diego Writers Festival on April 13th at the San Diego Central Library. We’ll be on the patio outside the auditorium. Be sure to stop by and say hello!


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.

Matchbook Story Contest!

The San Diego Public Library is now accepting entries for their 2nd annual Matchbook Short Story Contest.

Contest closes at midnight on November 1st— the winner will be announced on December 15th.

For further info, please click here.


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

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