Submissions Open for the 2018 National Book AwardsNational Book Award Winner

Twenty-five judges in five categories will review all titles submitted for the 69th National Book Awards

The National Book Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2018 National Book Awards. Full guidelines for submission, including details for the new National Book Award for Translated Literature, are now available. 
 Access the online entry form

We are also pleased to announce all 25 of this year's judges. This year’s judges include writers, booksellers, academics, editors, critics, and translators from across the country. > Full list of judges


With new partner and participating sites, Book Rich Environments programming will take place at 37 sites across 19 states

The Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative, now in its second year, aims to combat lack of literary access, often termed “book deserts,” by connecting communities with resources that help foster life-long, joyful relationships between readers and books.
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Announcing a new season of Eat, Drink & Be Literary: Dinner & a Reading at BAMcafe

Featured authors: Hari Kunzru, Valeria Luiselli, Kevin Young, and Lorrie Moore

Raise a glass and share a meal with renowned authors in this unique series of literary evenings at BAMcafé. Each event includes a festive seasonal dinner by Great Performances, with live music accompaniment. The evening’s featured author then reads from their work and discusses their creative process, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
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* Due to unforeseen circumstances, Eat, Drink &  Be Literary featuring Valeria Luiselli on Tuesday, March 27, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. Ticketing information.

“If you want to raise a reader, be a reader. Make the space, and time, for books you read for yourself.” –The New York Times

Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Thanks to the Mayor’s Grant for Cultural Impact, National Book Foundation will be partnering with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to launch the Raising Readers initiative. This new and innovative program aims to empower adults who work with and raise children to expand their own love of books and reading, in order to better model the habit of reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives. Raising Readers provides paid professional development training for DYCD provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run reading circle series for parents at local DYCD sites across the city, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.

National Book Awards on Campus brings NBA authors to U.S. colleges

2018 NBA on Campus participating authors

Every year the National Book Foundation helps connect National Book Awards authors to college students across the country. In 2018, authors will visit four college campuses to discuss their writing lives and their 2017 NBA-nominated books. 

  1. NBF to launch "Literature for Justice" program

  2. Art For Justice logoWe are proud to share that in 2018 we will be taking on a brand new project as one of the inaugural recipients of a grant from the Art for Justice Fund

    The United States makes up only 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prisoners. Our high rates of incarceration are part of a wide-ranging issue, but the reasons, implications, and potential solutions are not well understood.

    Using literature to contextualize and humanize the issue of mass incarceration in order to foster change, the National Book Foundation will be launching the Literature for Justice Program, a three-tiered program that will leverage our status as a literary influencer to: assemble a coalition of contemporary writers engaging with mass incarceration in the United States that will identify five titles a year to promote through the program; produce a unique, curated reading list of works designed to deepen readers’ understanding of the crisis of mass incarceration; and use the work of the coalition to encourage and amplify discussions around the topic through a combination of large-scale national events, digital campaigns, and media coverage.

    For more information you can check out the Art for Justice Fund press release or visit their website.

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