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Notes from the GAYA Judges

Notes from the GAYA Judges

Below are the judges remarks on the winners and finalists of last year’s Georgia Author of the Year Awards. Biography Judge: Dr. Jim Elledge Finalist To Make a Difference: James T. McAffee, Jr. Scott Walker James T. McAffee, Jr. was not only a leader in the healthcare industry, but also a defender and patron of […]

51st Annual GAYA Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

51st Annual GAYA Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

The 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 27, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 116 nominees in 17 different fiction and nonfiction categories. Over 100 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony, and we’d like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and […]

51st GAYA (2015)

51st GAYA (2015)

Biography Winner: Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry Biography Finalist: To Make a Difference by James T. McAffee, Jr. Children’s Book Winner: Little Pearl’s Circus World by Charmain Zimmerman Brackett Children’s Book Finalist: Summers at Howard Creek by Gloria Ludlam Bennett Detective/Mystery Winner: Wasted by […]

First Annual GAYA Auction

First Annual GAYA Auction

The Georgia Author of the Year Awards is swiftly approaching, and this year is the first annual silent auction held by the Georgia Writers Association! Listed below are the items that will be available at the auction! $500.00 BookLogix Certificate for Publishing Services – Valid for one year Services include: Editing, Cover Design, Formatting/Layout, eBook Conversion, […]

GAYA Winner Seal

GAYA Banquet and Ceremony Announcement

Tickets to this year’s Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet and Ceremony are now on sale! The Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) Banquet and Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center at 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. If you are a nominee, a […]

2015 GAYA Nominations OPEN

2015 GAYA Nominations OPEN

The Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) is hosted by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts a variety of events for the local literary communities. From 1964 to 1993, GAYA was hosted by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, making this award the oldest literary award in the southeast. […]

50th GAYA (2014)

50th GAYA (2014)

First Novel Victoria Wilcox Inheritance Fiction Novel Raymond Atkins Camp Redemption Poetry Robert E. Wood The Awkward Poses of Others Biography Jim Elledge Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life on an Outsider Artist Inspirational-Religious David P. Gushee The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World’s Future Inspirational-Secular […]

49th GAYA (2013)

49th GAYA (2013)

First Novel Kimberly Brock The River Witch Novel June Hall McCash Plum Orchard Poetry Dan Veach Elephant Water Biography Joseph Crespino Strom Thurmond’s America Inspirational – Religious J. Steve Miller Near Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven Inspirational – Secular Patricia Martin Holt Committee of One: Making a Difference, One […]

48th GAYA (2012)

48th GAYA (2012)

First Novel Ann Hite Ghost on Black Mountain Fiction Man Martin Paradise Dogs Poetry Alice Friman Vinculum: Poems Biography Jaclyn Weldon White The Greatest Champion that Never Was: The Life of W.L. “Young” Stribling Inspirational Tom Scales Terrible Things Happened to Me: A True Story of Violence & Victory Memoir Nancy Stephan Truth About Butterflies […]

47th GAYA (2011)

47th GAYA (2011)

First Novel June Hall McCash Almost to Eden Fiction Joshilyn Jackson Backseat Saints Poetry Phillip Lee Williams The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram Biography Larry L. McSwain Loving Beyond Your Theology:The Life and Ministry of Jimmy Raymond Allen Inspirational Justin Spizman and Robyn Spizman Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up Memoir D. […]

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