Hello Florida readers, writers, and book lovers from all over,
On behalf of everyone involved in the 2011 Florida Book Awards competition, we want to thank all of the authors who entered the competition and to send out a heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners.
The Florida Book Awards not only honors the winning authors, but in turn these authors and their books honor the rich history and culture of the Sunshine State. We are incredibly thankful to be part of such a dynamic literary community and to host the nation’s most comprehensive book awards program.
The 6th Annual Florida Book Awards honored all medalists at the Governor’s Mansion this year on March 21. The First Lady of Florida, Mrs. Ann Scott, welcomed authors and presided over the afternoon festivities.
Lunch was served in the Mansion’s dining room, adjacent to the library where copies of Florida Book Award winning books were on display.
Later that evening we presented medals to the Gold medalists at the Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony at the Turnbull Conference Center.
Julia Zimmerman, Director of FSU Libraries announced our winners, who were photographed on stage with Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
A reception followed the ceremony, where our authors signed copies of their books for fans and friends.
Thank you to all of our authors who were able to attend either or both of these events–we were thrilled and honored to have you and look forward to celebrating with you at our next event.
The Florida Book Awards will be celebrating with all of our winning authors April 19th at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando, where we will present medals to our Silver and Bronze medalists at our annual banquet. The conference events will also include a panel discussion and book signing with winning authors. Please join us there!
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Its sixth annual competitions now complete, Florida Book Awards announces winners for books published in 2011 in seven categories of competition. “The Florida Book Awards exists to identify and profile the Sunshine State’s best books and their authors,” notes FBA Director Wayne A. Wiegand. “These FBA winners clearly demonstrate the quality and depth of Florida’s increasingly rich literary culture.”
Submissions were read by eight juries of three members each nominated from across the state by cosponsoring organizations. Jurors are authorized to select up to three medalists (including one Gold Winner, one Silver Runner-up, and one Bronze Medalist) in each of the eight categories; jurors are also authorized to make no selections in a given year.
2011 ‘FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS’ COMPETITION NOW OPEN, DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: DECEMBER, 1, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its sixth annual competition with a call for entries in eight categories.
Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction category, whose authors may live elsewhere.)
The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, and Spanish-Language Book. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author, or literary agent), must be professionally published and have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Read more…
For four years now the Florida Book Awards has been lucky to be included in the annual Florida Library Association (FLA) Conference, one of the partner organizations that sponsors the awards. The 2011 FLA Conference honored recipients of this year’s Florida Book Awards by hosting a reading series, followed by a book signing and banquet on May 5th, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Thanks to all who attended and especially to our winning authors who were able to join us in Orlando as we honored their literary achievements. Read more…