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Nancy Pearl Book Award


PNWA Nancy Pearl Book Award a contest for  published works

PNWA’s Nancy Pearl Book Award is a contest designed to recognize recently published works by PNWA members. Books with an original copyright date of 2019 can be submitted for consideration. Winners will be announced at the 2020 PNWA Conference (September 24 – 27, 2020), will receive $1000 in cash prizes. 

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Must be RECEIVED by March 27, 2020

Limit of 75 Entries in the Nancy Pearl Published Contest


    1. Best Book, Fiction. Mainstream or Literary
    2. Best Book, Fiction Adult Genre (Mystery/Thriller/Horror, Romance/Women's Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal, Historical)
    3. Best Book, Young Adult Fiction. (Young Adult Fiction is a category of fiction written for readers ages 12-18 years old. The protagonist in the story is also in that age group. The subject matter and genres of YA correlate with the age and experience of the protagonist. The genres available in YA include most of those found in adult fiction. Common themes related to YA include friendship, first love, relationships, and identity).. (Only 25 entries accepted. Must be Fiction)
    4. Best Book, Memoir

    awards & benefits
    • CASH PRIZE: $1000
    • Prominent book placement at the PNWA 2020 September conference.
    • Showcased on our PNWA website
    • Mingle with VIP's during our 2020 September conference.

    added details
    • Every book accepted will be judged by two librarians based on story, character, and narrative.The five finalists in each category will be notified prior to the PNWA fall conference (September 24 -27, 2020). Winners will be announced at the conference.
    • Finalists who attend the PNWA conference will be given high viability during the conference.

      In 2004, NANCY PEARL won the Women’s National Book Association Award for her contribution to the world of books. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Nancy celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa. She has a Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, and bestselling books that include, Book Lust, and Book Crush: For Kids and Teens.The New York Times calls Nancy Pearl "the talk of librarian circles.

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