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HHKBA Submissions

Award Schedule

2024 Best Literary Nonfiction (memoir, essays, journalistic writing)
2025 Best Poetry (collection of poems of at least 60 pages)
2026 Best Fiction (novel or collection of short stories)
2027 Best Literary Nonfiction
2028 Best Poetry 
2029 Best Fiction
continuing to alternate every three years

2024 Literary Nonfiction Award Guidelines

Nominations can come from publishers, authors, or anyone interested in seeing a book considered. Only one book per author may be submitted.

Books must be original work by a single author (no anthologies).

Author must establish a connection to Kansas by birth, education, employment, residence or other significant claim.

Please submit two signed copies of each book nominated. Those books become the property of the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection.

Books must have an original publication date (copyright notice) within three calendar years immediately preceding the year of the competition deadline
. For example, to be eligible for the 2024 Literary Nonfiction deadline, the nominee's book must have a publication date of 2021, 2022, or 2023.

Previous awardees are eligible to submit a new book.

Nominations for this year's award must be postmarked or presented by February 15, 2024.

Along with a statement of Kansas connection, author email, phone, and postal address, please submit books for consideration to:

c/o Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection
University Library
1700 College
Topeka, KS 66621

2024 Literary Nonfiction Award Judge

2021 HHKBA Literary Nonfiction winner Rebekah Taussig is a Kansas City writer with her doctorate in English from the University of Kansas. Bolstered by academic knowledge and personal experience, she strives to tell stories that enhance and complicate the way we think about disability. You can find her personal essays in TIME magazine and Refinery29, her mini-memoirs on Instagram @sitting_pretty, or you can read her memoir in essays, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body. 

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