Deadline January 8: NBCC Membership Awards Voting

by Laurie Muchnick | Jan-04-2014

It's time for National Book Critics Circle member critics to vote for the best books read in 2012 for six regular awards categories--autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Any book that receives votes from 20% of the NBCC voting membership is automatically included among the finalists that we announce during the week of January 14, 2013.

All books nominated must have been published in English in the United States for the first time during 2013 to be eligible for an NBCC award. Generally, translations are eligible if the first English translation of the work was published in the United States in 2013. Members may vote for up to 5 books in each category.

You can find a full description of how the NBCC's awards selection process works on our website.

Several years ago, NBCC membership votes turned two terrific books into NBCC Finalists: Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" and Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic." Members should have received a link to the ballot by email. Direct questions to

The deadline for voting is January 8.


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