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The Florida Book Awards competition for the best Florida Literature is accepting submissions for the 2022 awards cycle. Established in 2006, the Florida Book Awards has grown to include awards in eleven categories of competition and is introducing a new Gold Medal for Poetry Chapbooks within the Poetry Category.

Submission window: Wednesday, August 17, 2022- Friday, January 13, 2023

Books may be submitted by authors, publishers, or members of the public in any of the eleven categories: Cooking, Florida Nonfiction, General Fiction, General Nonfiction, Older Children’s Literature, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Spanish Language, Visual Arts, Young Adult Literature and Young Children’s Literature. Descriptions of these categories and instructions for submitting nominations are available on the Enter page. All books nominated must have a 2022 copyright date and an ISBN number. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida Nonfiction, Visual Arts and Cooking categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

Entries must be received no later than January 13, 2023, but applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition early during the submission period, as soon as possible after their books are officially published. Winners will be announced the first week in March 2023.


This award, established in 2019 aims to recognize a writer who has shown exceptional talent and the potential for continued literary success and significance in the future. Nominees must be Florida residents who have published at least one book, but no more than two, in any of the Florida Book Awards categories and exhibit demonstrated ability and promise for continued growth. The award is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Nominations for this award are due by December 31, 2022. Instructions for nominating a writer are listed on the Ensley Award information page.

2021 Florida Book Award Winners

Young Children's Literature

Isabel and Her Colores Go to School book cover
By: Alexandra Alessandri
Book cover for Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums
By: Moira Rose Donohue
Book cover for Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt
By: Rob Sanders

Older Children's Literature

Book cover for Concealed
By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Book cover for Wild River
By: Rodman Philbrick
Book cover for Golden Gate
By: James Ponti

General Nonfiction

Book cover for Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus
By: Les Standiford
Book cover for Race, Crime, and Policing in the Jim Crow South: African Americans and Law Enforcement in Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans, 1920–1945
By: Brandon T. Jett
Book cover of The Princess Spy
By: Larry Loftis

General Fiction

By: Lauren Groff
Book cover of Infinite Country
By: Patricia Engel
Boo cover of Milk Blood Heat
By: Dantiel W. Moniz
Book cover for Rock Eaters
By: Brenda Peynado

Florida Nonfiction

Book cover of The Swamp Peddlers: How Lot Sellers, Land Scammers, and Retirees Built Modern Florida and Transformed the American Dream
By: Jason Vuic
Book cover for Father James Page: An Enslaved Preacher's Climb To Freedom
By: Larry Eugene Rivers
Book cover for The Nine Lives of Florida's Famous Key Marco Cat
By: Austin J. Bell


Book cover for Danzirly
By: Gloria Muñoz
Book cover for Pine
By: Julia Koets
Book cover for The Places That Hold
By: John Davis Jr.

Popular Fiction

Book cover for The Archer's Thread
By: Noel Zamot
Book cover for Blowback
By: Al Pessin
Book cover fro A Killer's Daughter
By: Jenna Kernan


Book Cover for Vacaciones sin hotel: Antología de autores del Sur de la Florida
By: Hernán Vera Álvarez et al.
Book cover for Etnia, raza y sexualidad en la dramaturgia femenina hispano-caribeña en los Estados Unidos
By: Carmen Duarte
Book cover for El reino de la infancia- Memorias de mi vida en Cuba
By: Uva de Aragón

Visual Arts

Book cover for The Art of Birds- Grace and Motion in the Wild
By: Jim Miller

Young Adult Literature

Book cover for ROXY
By: Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman