FAQ

When can I submit my book?
Nominations open on November 30, 2019 and close on February 15, 2020.

Who can nominate a book?
Authors, publishers, or persons on behalf of either the author or publisher.

Must I be a Georgia Writers Association member to nominate my book?
No.

Who is considered a Georgia author?
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.

When is the deadline to send copies of the nominated book?
Februar 15, 2020 (postmarked)

Where do I send copies of the book?
Georgia Writers Association
Georgia Author of the Year Awards
440 Bartow Avenue #2701
Kennesaw, GA 30144

How do I nominate a book?
Fill out the form here, pay the $60 nomination fee, and mail two hard copies of the nominated book to:
Georgia Writers Association
Georgia Author of the Year Awards
440 Bartow Avenue #2701
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Can a book be nominated in multiple categories?
No. Each book may only be nominated in one category. 

Can I nominate a self-published book?
No. Traditionally books and chapbooks are eligible however. These are books that underwent a selection process with the publisher, in which the author was subject to acceptance or rejection; books that were professionally edited during the publication process and the book did not require the author to pay for the publication. 

Can I receive a refund if I nominate a book that is ineligible?
No. Refunds will only be given in the event a category has fewer than four nominees.

Can I nominate a reprinted book or a second edition?
No. These are ineligible. 

Can I nominate a poetry chapbook?
Yes, as long as the poetry chapbook was traditionally published.

Can I fill out the nomination form on paper and send it and nomination fee via postal mail?
No. Only electronically submitted nomination forms and payment are accepted.

Can I nominate an electronic book?
Yes, as long as the electronic book is available on a major platform (Kindle, Nook, or iPad). The URL and ISBN must be provided as well as one print copy of the text for judges to review and the $60 nomination fee. 

When are winners and finalists announced?
Winners and finalists will be announced online on June 13, 2020. We will be posting more details as those become available. We appreciate your patience.