2019 Texas Association of Authors Book Awards

Calling all Texas authors and publishers! We’re proud to announce the first annual Texas Association of Authors Book Awards, conducted to honor the year's best that Texas Authors have written and published. We are now accepting entries for books with a 2018 copyright (released between January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018)

The Book Awards were conceived in 2011 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all Texas citizens and Publishers, who produce books written in English and that, are intended for the North American market.

The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year in Texas and by Texans.

The TAA Book Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. National entries will be accepted in 24 categories.

Outstanding Books of the Year – all TAA entrants are automatically considered.


Who May Enter - Independent, university, small press, self-publishers and independent authors throughout Texas who publish books intended for the American market. Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves.

Eligibility - Books that are published with a 2018 copyright (January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018) are eligible. Publishers are to select the category in which the book(s) should be judged. Make your decision on what makes the most sense from a book marketing standpoint. Submission for more than one category is acceptable. Submit one copy of the title per category. For example, when you enter two categories, please send two books. All books entered become the physical property of Texas Association of Authors and will eventually be donated to libraries and charities.

Entry Fees - Fees are subject to change without notice.

Texas Authors, Inc., members - $60 per entry

Non Texas Authors, Inc., members - $75 per entry 

Judging Process - Judging will be based on content, originality, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and social relevance. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library.

Deadlines - All entries must be postmarked by the final deadline of January 15, 2019. We will confirm your entry via email.

Awards and Recognition - Each announced medal-winning book will receive a personalized award or certificate, and three sheets of 32 seals. First place winners will receive related publicity including the awards event, a print and online media campaign, and year-long exposure at TxAuthors.com and other publishing and bookselling websites when possible.


Do the judges read every book from cover to cover? - Book awards judges are very good at assessing a book’s quality, much as a buyer at a bookstore or library determines whether or not to purchase. The further a book makes it into the judging process, especially in fiction categories, the more likely it will be read completely.   

Please complete the following information to properly enter the contest.


Texas Authors, Inc. is a nonprofit organization designed to help Texas Authors learn how to better sell and market their books.

We work closely with our partners DEAR Texas, Inc., and Texas Authors Institute of History, Inc., both nonprofits that have created additional programs and events for Authors.