FAQ

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?
January 31, 2019 (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 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 at the GAYA awards ceremony on Saturday, June 15th, 6-9 PM.