• 32nd Annual Reading the West Awards - Nomination Form

  • The Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in one of the fourteen MPIBA member states, or created by an author or artist living or working in the region. The awards celebrate the spirit of the west and the rich variety of writing in and about our region and reflect the extraordinary diversity of our reading public.
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  • Qualifications

    In order to be considered for the 32nd Annual Reading the West Book Awards, submissions must meet the following criteria:
    -The book must have been originally published in 2021.
    -Books must be the work of authors or illustrators who live or work in the MPIBA region and/or are set in the region. (Region includes: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.)
    -The book must be available through mainstream distribution channels at standard rates (40% or better) and be fully returnable. Ideally, books will also be available via mainstream wholesale channels.
    -The person submitting or the publisher (if different) must be able to provide complimentary reading copies (approximately 5-15) to our bookseller reading committees. Copies must be available to mail by January 14, 2022.
    -The person submitting or the publisher (if different) must pay the $150 nomination fee.
    Failure of books to meet nomination criteria will result in removal from long-list, and no refunds will be issued. If you have any questions about whether or not your book qualifies, please email info@mountainsplains.org before submitting.
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