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Nancy Purcell

Wednesday, February 5, 2020


The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Awards has been extended to February 15. Please see the details below for the submission guidelines.

The 56th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Guidelines

Please carefully review these guidelines before submitting a nomination.
Nomination Fee: $60 per nomination
Deadline: February 15, 2020
-Chapbooks and books published within the 2019 calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Reprints and second editions are not eligible.
-Books that underwent a selection process with the publisher, in which the author was subject to acceptance or rejection.
-Books that were were professionally edited during the publication process and the book did not require the author to pay for the publication.
Electronically published books on a major platform (Kindle, Nook, or iPad) are also eligible. For electronic books, a URL and ISBN must be provided as well as one print copy of the text for judges to review.
Books will not be considered nominated if any of these guidelines are not met and materials and payment are not postmarked by February 15, 2020. First- and second-place winners will be announced at the Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) ceremony on June 13, 2020.

Required Materials
The nomination form, fee, and two hard copies of the nominated book must be received on or before Saturday, February 15, 2020 (postmarked). Please complete and submit the nomination form and pay the $60 fee here.
Two hard copies of the nominated book must be mailed to:
Georgia Writers Association
Georgia Author of the Year Awards
440 Bartow Avenue #2701
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Definition of a Georgia Author for the 56th GAYA
To be considered a Georgia author and thus eligible for nomination for GAYA, an author must meet one of the following criteria: the author must have been a resident of Georgia when the nominated book was written, though she or he may have since moved out of state; or the author must be currently living in Georgia when the book is nominated.

Definitions of GAYA Categories and other information for the 56th GAYA can be found here
Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

Nominations can be submitted here

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