Southern Books Competition

You are cordially invited to submit a book to the SELA 2022 Southern Books Competition (Deadline September 25, 2020). Please see Southern Books Competition (2020) for for entry information and an online payment form.

The Southeastern Library Association started the competition in 1952. Trade publishers, university presses, specialty publishers, and private presses located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico are eligible to enter the competition.

The competition represents the Association's commitment to the book as a vital part of library service. Awards are made on the basis of design, typography, and quality of production. Judges are knowledgeable book people associated with book design, binding, printing, bookselling, publishing, and librarianship.

After award-winning books for the biennium are exhibited at the conference of the Association, they are available for a traveling exhibit for loan to institutions and organizations that wish to display them. A permanent archive is maintained at the W.T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Public Library in Lexington


To submit a book(s) for the Southern Books Competition (published between 2019-2020), please send one copy of each book entered to the following address, all entries must be post-marked by September 25, 2020. An entry fee of $50.00 per title entered is required. Checks for entry fees should be payable to the Southeastern Library Association, and please reference the SELA Southern Books Competition.

For more information contact:

Peggy Kain, Chair of the SELA Southern Books Competition Award516 55th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35212

Nomination Form

Deadline for submission of nomination: August 20,2022

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