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Georgia Author of the Year Nominations Now Open

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Georgia Author of the Year AwardsThe time has come to nominate for the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA). Only books published in the year 2014 are eligible for nomination. If you are interested in nominating an author for the 51st GAYA, please complete the following:

  • Read the official guidelines
  • Submit an online Nomination form (including the $60.00 nomination fee)
  • Mail two (2) copies of the nominated book to: Georgia Author of the Year, 440 Bartow Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144

All requested materials must be submitted on or before Saturday, January 31, 2015. Please go to for more information.

This year, new categories have been added!

New fiction categories include: Detective/Mystery, Graphic Novel, Humor, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, and Supernatural/Paranormal. Animal Book has also been added to the nonfiction categories. Descriptions of all the available categories can be found in the guidelines.  Please read the descriptions carefully before selecting the category under which you wish to place your nomination.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a GWA member to be nominated?

No, you do not have to be a member of the GWA to be nominated. However, becoming a member comes with awesome benefits!

Can I nominate myself?

Yes. Nominations may be submitted by the author, the author’s friend, family member, publisher, agent, etc.

What if my category has too few nominees?

If a category does not meet the required, 4-book minimum, the author will have the opportunity to select the next best category. If no other category is chosen, the nomination fee will be refunded.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners and Finalists will be announced at the GAYA Banquet.

When is the GAYA Banquet?

The banquet and ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the KSU Center (3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144).

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