2022 Oregon Book Awards Guidelines and Entry Form

Please read the following guidelines carefully.  The deadline to submit is October 1, 2021. If you are submitting in Graphic Literature, please note the Graphic Literature guidelines and entry form are located here.


  1. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page and submit. (Please note: after you submit the form, the page will re-load and take you to top of the page. You will need to scroll down to see the confirmation).
  2. Submit the Application fee at https://literary-arts.org/product/2022-oregon-book-awards-submission-fee/. PLEASE INCLUDE THE TITLE OF THE SUBMITTED WORK IN THE “ORDER NOTES” WHEN YOU PAY YOUR FEE SO THE FEE CAN EASILY BE CONNECTED TO THE TITLE YOU’VE SUBMITTED.
  3. After you submit the application fee, email susan@literary-arts.org. You will be sent a Drop box link invitation for submission of the PDF of the nominated title. Please note: it may take 2-3 business days for you to receive the Drop Box link invitation.

Oregon Book Awards are available for original work published or produced in the following categories:

  • Poetry, including chapbooks of more than twenty pages in length.
  • Fiction, including novels and short story collections. 
  • General Nonfiction, including biography, history, sciences, nature writing, landscape
  • writing, and criticism. 
  • Creative Nonfiction, including autobiography, memoir, and personal essay. 
  • Children’s Literature, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Middle grade readers and picture books are included in this category.
  • Young Adult Literature, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
  • The award for Graphic Literature is biennial and will be awarded in 2022. Please read separate guidelines for Graphic Literature.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Work must be written by an Oregon resident whose legal residence is in Oregon at least six months of the year. A resident who moves away from Oregon permanently after the submission deadline will be disqualified. A qualified resident who dies after submitting their book may receive a posthumous award. 
  • Self-published titles are eligible.
  • An ISBN is required.
  • A title can be submitted in one genre only. The author or publisher that submits the book determines which genre to submit in.
  • Books must have an original publication date between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. A reprint of a book published in a previous award year is not eligible. In the case of a collected work, this timeframe applies to the publication as a volume, not of individual pieces. 
  • Works of translation are ineligible.
  • Editors are ineligible.
  • Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors are ineligible.
  • All books for the genres listed here are judged for their writing, and the award is given to the writer. 
  • Work authored or published by Literary Arts staff, trustees or Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council members, as well as their immediate families, are precluded from consideration for Oregon Book Awards.  Literary Arts staff, trustees, and Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council members are also precluded from serving as Oregon Book Awards or Oregon Literary Fellowship jurors and from receiving Oregon Literary Fellowships.  Work authored by former Literary Arts staff, trustees or Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council members may be considered, provided that the staff member, trustee or Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council member resigned from their position at Literary Arts at least six months before the earliest submission date.  
  • In the event of a dispute regarding a title’s eligibility, Literary Arts will make the final decision on eligibility.
  • Literary Arts reserves the rights to refuse a submission for any reason.

Selection Process

Out-of-state judges, three in each genre, will be instructed to choose up to five finalists in each category, including a winner, using literary merit as the sole selection criterion. Literary Arts does not prescreen entries except to determine eligibility.    

  • Literary Arts reserves the rights to refuse a submission for any reason.

2022 Oregon Book Awards submission

  • An Oregon address that is the author's legal residence is required.