2021 Texas Authors Book Awards
Calling all Texas authors and publishers! We’re proud to announce the Ninth Annual Texas Association of Authors Book Awards, conducted to honor the year's best that Texas Authors have written and published. We are now accepting entries for books with a 2020 copyright (released between January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020)
The Book Awards were conceived in 2011 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all Texas citizens and Publishers, who produce books written in English and that, are intended for the North American market.
The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year in Texas and by Texans.
The TAA Book Awards reward those who exhibit courage, innovation, and creativity. Independent spirit and expertise come from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. National entries will be accepted in 24 categories. Outstanding Books of the Year – all TAA entrants are automatically considered.
2021 TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF AUTHORS BOOK AWARDS GUIDELINES
Who May Enter - Independent, university, small press, self-publishers, and independent authors throughout Texas who publish books intended for the American market. Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves.
Eligibility - Books that are published with a 2020 copyright (January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020) are eligible. Publishers are to select the category in which the book(s) should be judged. Make your decision on what makes the most sense from a book marketing standpoint. Submission for more than one category is acceptable. Submit one copy of the title per category. For example, when you enter two categories, please send two books. All books entered become the physical property of the Texas Association of Authors and will eventually be donated to libraries and charities.
Entry Fees - Fees are subject to change without notice.
Judging Process - Judging will be based on content, originality, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and social relevance. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling, and library.
Deadlines - All entries must be postmarked by the final deadline of January 15, 2020. We will confirm your entry via email.
Awards and Recognition - Each announced medal-winning book will receive a personalized award or certificate, and three sheets of 32 seals. First-place winners will receive related publicity including the awards event, a print, and online media campaign, and year-long exposure at TxAuthors.com and other publishing and bookselling websites when possible. Do the judges read every book from cover to cover? - Book awards judges are very good at assessing a book’s quality, much as a buyer at a bookstore or library determines whether or not to purchase. The further a book makes it into the judging process, especially in fiction categories, the more likely it will be read completely.