Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn't stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.
In 2017, the SIBA Book Award became The Southern Book Prize and implemented The Conroy Legacy Award to honor one of the region's most enduring, iconic writers and to recognize Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.
WHICH BOOKS CAN BE NOMINATED
For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.
WHO CAN NOMINATE A BOOK?
Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. Stores may also submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.
HOW DO I NOMINATE A BOOK?
Enter your choices on our online nomination form.
WHAT IS THE CONROY LEGACY AWARD?
The Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:
- Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
- Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
- Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.
The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.
I'M A PUBLISHER/AUTHOR/BOOKSELLER: HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Follow the links below to learn more. Mark your calendars now for important nomination deadlines and announcements!
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Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 15-17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show. Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000 This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!
About the SIBA Book Award:
Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell books of the year. These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about; the ones most often pushed into a customer’s hands with the words “You have got to read this!” The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of Southern origin, as determined by people whose business it is to know great books—the independent booksellers of the South.
Books are nominated in five categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, and it must have been published within the calendar year. Only SIBA-member booksellers can submit nominations and vote on the selection of finalists. In 2008, for the first time, winners will be chosen from the list of finalists by a jury of SIBA booksellers, instead of by popular vote.
Nomination period: January 1 - February 15
Taking the SIBA Book Award to a New Level:
2008 is a landmark year for the SIBA Book Award, marking its transition to a new level of visibility and public awareness. Since it was first begun in 1999, the SIBA Book Award has become one of the most successful initiatives of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Today, nearly ten years later, the list of award-winners represents some of the finest examples of Southern literature, and the award has become a fully entrenched respected entity among Southern booksellers and publishers. Beginning in 2008, the SIBA Book Awards Ceremony will be held as part of the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day Weekend in Decatur, GA. The festival, which attracts upwards of 60,000 attendees each year, is open to the public and promises to garner increased exposure for the awards and the award-winning books and authors. SIBA will have a presence at the Decatur Book Festival with as many independents booksellers as can participate. The Decatur Book Festival will host a private reception for the authors and SIBA’s core members before the public awards ceremony, and the awards themselves will be included in the general festival publicity.
- Category: Southern Book Prize