NBCC Awards Submission Process and Contact List for 2016 Books

Each year the National Book Critics Circle selects awards in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. The board divides itself into committees for each category, which are responsible for nominating books to be considered in each category. Any title that is championed by a particular board member is placed on a master list for consideration by other board members. Based on those recommendations, the committee chairs will request copies of those books to be sent by publishers to the entire committee for group discussion.  If you have books in many categories and it would be easier to send the books to all the board members, feel free to do so.

From time to time, an NBCC board member may contact you to request a single copy of a book for consideration and evaluation. Please respond to such requests quickly, as it will give the board member time to evaluate the book and possibly advocate on its behalf.

Books published in English (including translations) in the United States with pub dates in calendar year 2016 will be considered. It is essential that the board receive the books as early in the year as possible to allow time to consider all titles. If you have been contacted to submit a title to the NBCC, please expedite the request as soon as possible so they can be part of the board's active, ongoing discussion. The absolute deadline for the 2016 awards is December 1, 2016. But please send requested titles as soon as you have stock available. Finalists will be announced in January 2017.

Publishers are welcome to bring books to the board's attention. If you feel there are books on your list that the NBCC board shouldn't miss, you should notify board members at your earliest convenience. A list of e-mails of directors can be found by clicking “Board” on the website menu above. 

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