Colorado Book Awards

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2021 Colorado Book Awards!
Celebrating Colorado's outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers




Children’s Literature

Creative Nonfiction

General Fiction

General Nonfiction

  • Lean & Strong: Eating Skills, Psychology, and Workouts by Josh Hillis (On Target Publications)
  • Caregiving Done Differently: A Commonsense Approach for Families, Caregivers, and Seniors by Loretta J. Gilbert and Nancy E. Walker (The Common Sense Approach)
  • Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary by Sasha Geffen (The University of Texas Press)

Historical Fiction


Juvenile Literature

Literary Fiction





Science Fiction/Fantasy


Young Adult Literature



The Colorado Book Awards annually celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators, and photographers. Winners will be announced at a celebration event June 26, 2021. This year there are 190 entries in 17 categories: anthology, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, general nonfiction, general fiction, history, historical fiction, juvenile literature, literary fiction, mystery, pictorial, poetry, romance, science fiction/fantasy, thriller, and young adult literature. About 70 volunteer selectors and judges read submissions to choose finalists and winners.

To learn more, partner, or sponsor the Colorado Book Awards, contact Program Coordinator Abigail Kerstetter at, 303.894.7951 x19