Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.
All books must be published by U.S. publishers located in the United States between December 1, 2014 and November 30, 2015. All authors must be U.S. citizens. There is a $135 entry fee for each title submitted. Accepted forms of payment include PayPal and credit card. Please be prepared with payment information before you begin the online submission process.
The following are eligible:
- Full-length books of fiction and nonfiction
- Collections of short stories and collections of essays by one author
- Collected and selected poems by one author
- Books by authors who are living at the commencement of the eligibility year (December 1, 2014)
- Self-published books, provided that the author/publisher also publishes titles by other authors (Note: the Foundation may request the publisher's catalog to verify this.)
The following are NOT eligible:
- English translations of books originally written in other languages
- Anthologies containing work written by multiple authors
- Reprints of books published in previous Award years. Exceptions may be made for otherwise eligible books published outside the United States in the previous Award year at the National Book Foundation's discretion.
- Books published through self-publishing services
- In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, the Foundation will decide whether a book is eligible, and its decision will be binding.
Publishers must complete the online entry form and submit payment.
All books must be sent via U.S. Postal Service First-Class Mail or Media Mail. Book packages must be clearly marked with "National Book Awards." Please send books as early as possible. Judges are not obligated to consider books that arrive late.
Bound galleys and bound manuscripts are acceptable if a book has not yet been published. Finished books may be sent to replace galleys and manuscripts when available.
For ebooks, please provide a printed and bound, 8 ½ x 11-inch copy of the book, including publication date information.
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