|Booksellers' Guide to the Southern Book Prize|
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Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" 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 SIBA Book Award, now The Southern Book Prize, was created to recognize great books of Southern origin. All the finalists and winning books are promoted to the media and featured on SIBA's websites.
All nominations must come via a SIBA bookseller—making The Southern Book Prize a true "readers' choice" award and one of the most well-known awards for Southern literature. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South and/or the author must be Southern (preferably both!). It must have been published within the previous calendar year.
This is a great opportunity to involve your customers and generate excitement for titles you are especially passionate about.
FAQs about The Southern Book Prize
Which books can be nominated?
A book must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern, or both, and it must have been published in the previous calendar year. Books must also be in print and generally available to the industry at standard wholesale terms.
Are self published books eligible?
If they meet the above criteria.
Who can nominate a book?
Nominations must come from SIBA member booksellers. Positive reviews of eligible books submitted by SIBA booksellers to Edelweiss are also considered to be nominations.
How are winners selected?
Where can I see a list of The Southern Book Prize finalists and winners?
Using The Southern Book Prize in Your Store
One of the goals of The Southern Book Prize is to extend the shelf life and sales of booksellers' favorite "handsell" titles. Every step of the book award process is an opportunity to bring renewed interest to favorite titles from the previous year they are released in paperback. From nomination to the final announcement of the winners, stores have a full six-month season to highlight their most popular Southern books:
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Southern Book Prize Resources
Downloadable flyers and shelf talkers, website badges and logos