To Enter


Submission window: Thursday, August 24, 2023 - Thursday, January 18, 2024

Applicants are encouraged to submit their books early during the submission period and as soon as possible after their books are officially published. Materials must be received in the FBA office and by jurors by January 18, 2024. Winners will be announced by mid-March 2024.

Books submitted into competition must be professionally published between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023, and be assigned an ISBN. 
Books may be submitted into the competition by: 

  • Authors 
  • Publishers
  • Literary agents 
  • Any member of the public. 

It is up to the person submitting the nomination to determine the category (e.g., children's or young adult) or categories in which a book is submitted. You can find the category descriptions here for clarification. Individuals may submit a book into more than one category, but they are required to submit an entry form, an entry fee, and the requisite number of review copies for each category entered. Jury members and Florida Book Awards staff do not make recommendations regarding which category best fits a book.
Submission Process:

(1.) Submit a completed entry form and a $60 fee* for each title that is being entered into the competition. Entry fees are half-price for any submissions after five titles submitted by publishers.

  • All submission fees need to be sent by December 1, 2023
  • A late submission fee of $70 per title is required for books entered after December 1, 2023

How to make a payment: there are 2 different ways- mail a check or pay over the phone with a credit card (we cannot accept online payments at this time):

Make checks payable to The Florida Book Awards and mail to:

116 Honors Way, Ste. 314
Tallahassee FL 32306

Call the FBA office at 850-645-6670 and provide your credit card information. This option is available Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm.

If you'd prefer to schedule a call, email with the subject line Schedule Payment Request.
(2.) A copy of your book needs to be sent to the FBA office and each juror in your category. Most categories have 3 jurors, but not all. You will be sent jury information after you have submitted your application and your entry fee has been paid.  Jury members must receive their copies no later than January 18, 2024. Books will not be returned to the author and/or publisher.

  • Entrants are responsible for all shipping charges

One copy of the book for each entry, if using USPS should be sent to:

116 Honors Way, Ste. 314
Tallahassee FL 32306

Books sent by UPS or FedEx should be sent to:

715 W. Madison St.
Tallahassee FL 32304-4323

*Entry fees are made necessary to offset the cost of the Florida Book Awards program, which receives no outside funding.

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