2017 GAYA Judge Statements

2017 GAYA Judge Statements

Category: BIOGRAPHY  Judge: James Taylor Finalist: Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady Opinionated, brilliant, brash, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, untiring civil rights advocate, writer, attorney, and eventually, an Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray’s story remained largely unknown until now. Focusing on Murray’s unlikely and enduring friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, Patricia Bell-Scott has written […]

53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards  2017 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards 2017 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

The 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 3, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 126 nominees in 14 categories. Over 230 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony. We would like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for their […]

2017 GAYA Tickets Now Available for Purchase

2017 GAYA Tickets Now Available for Purchase

Please join us for the 53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet. Saturday, June 3, 2017 6-9 pm Kennesaw State University Center, Room 400 This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), the oldest literary award in the Southeast. The awards were first held by the […]

2017 GAYA Nominations OPEN!

2017 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. […]

Notes From the GAYA Judges 2016

Notes From the GAYA Judges 2016

Below are the judges’ statements on the Winners and Finalists of the 52nd Georgia Author of the Year Awards.   CHILDREN’S BOOK Judge: Pat Garrett   Finalist: The Birthday Candle by Jamie Bobo The Birthday Candle is a whimsical tale that will delight young readers. Children will enjoy reading this book with its colorful illustrations […]

52nd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

52nd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

The 2016 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 4, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 154 nominees in 14 categories. Over 230 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony. We would like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for their […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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