Florida Book Awards Submissions from 2009 to 2015
As we prepare for our 11th year of the Florida Book Awards competition, it is good to look back and see how far we have come in the last few years. Information about our submissions from 2006-2008 is currently in paper form only;because of this we looked at how our competition has grown from 2009 to 2015.
The number of submissions we received in 2015 is more than double the number we had in 2009. We have created several new categories, and will be splitting our Children’s Literature into two different categories (Young Children and Older Juvenile) for the 2016 competition.
Change is also visible within each individual category. As the numbers of books submitted to each category vary greatly, the scales for the graphs are all different. please keep that in mind for the following graphs.
Then With all the graphs put together on the same scale, you get the following.
It’s interesting to see how the number of submissions fluctuates over the years, but our totals still show a steady growth in submissions. 2015 was a good year for books submitted in Spanish; if this quantity of submissions holds or increases we may be able to have Spanish Fiction and Spanish Nonfiction categories instead of just a general Spanish Category.
The quantity of Children’s Books submissions is why for the 2016 competition, there will now be a Young Children’s Books category and an Older Juvenile category instead of just Children’s. The Young Children’s category will be for books up to about a second grade reading level, and the Older Juvenile will go from there to about an 8th grade reading level.