Colorado authors have about a month left to enter a submission to the Colorado Book Awards.

The submission period opened in September, and has a deadline of Jan. 7, 2022, for a postmark or for the submission to be entered online.

The Colorado Book Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers. “To be eligible for submission, a primary contributor to the book must be a current Colorado resident engaged in ongoing literary work in the state, or with a personal history, identity and literary work that reflect a strong Colorado influence,” states the Colorado Book Awards webpage.

There are about 10 categories for authors to submit their book for the awards. They include anthology/collection, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry and young adult literature, states a news release.

All submissions must have been published for the first time in 2021, with exceptions for books published in October, November or December 2020.

Volunteers are also needed to serve as a Colorado Book Awards selector or judge. A diverse mix of Colorado readers — scholars, librarians, booksellers, teachers, writers, reviewers and avid readers — from across the state are encouraged to apply.

The Colorado Book Awards is a program of the Colorado Center for the Book, which is hosted by Colorado Humanities, a nonprofit that exists to “improve education, strengthen cultural institutions, and enrich community life by inspiring the people of Colorado to explore ideas and appreciate our diverse heritage,” states a news release.

Additional information on the Colorado Book Awards — including guidelines and entry forms, and the application for volunteer selectors and judges — can be found on the Colorado Book Awards webpage:

To learn more about Colorado Humanities, visit, or call 303-894-7951.