Nominations for the Vermont Book Award will close on Tuesday, March 1st. Both publishers as well as a special nominating committee made up of the Independent Booksellers of Vermont may nominate books. If you know of a book that deserves nomination, please contact your local Vermont bookseller.

Books of outstanding literary merit may be nominated in each of the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature.

To be eligible for this year’s prize, a book must have a publication date between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and must be penned by a Vermont writer or by a writer with deep ties to the state of Vermont. For instance, a writer might have been born and raised in the state of Vermont, but isn’t currently living here. A writer might have family ties in Vermont and have spent significant time in the state as a child or an adult. The setting of the nominated book might reflect these ties.

Books by VCFA staff, faculty, trustees, or current students are not eligible. Self-published books are not eligible.

More information about the Vermont Book Award is available at