To Enter


Submission window: August 2024 - January 2025 (specific dates to follow)

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 2025. Winners will be announced by mid-March 2025.

Books submitted into competition must be professionally published between January 1, 2024, and December 31, 2024, 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 paid by December 1, 2024
  • A late submission fee of $70 per title is required for books entered after December 1, 2024

How to make a payment: there are 2 different ways- (preferred) pay online with a credit card or mail a check:

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

Strozier Library
116 Honors Way, Suite. 314
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(2.) A copy of your book needs to be sent to the FBA office and to 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 2025. 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:

Strozier Library
116 Honors Way, Suite. 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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