Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards
The Library is proud to host the Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards as a way of thanking the Virginia authors whose works have enriched our lives and filled our libraries. The Library of Virginia Literary Awards are presented to outstanding Virginia authors in the categories of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. (The nonfiction category includes any author whose book is about a Virginia subject.) The awards are juried, with winners in each category receiving a cash prize and an engraved crystal award. The winners are announced at the Library’s Annual Literary Awards Celebration, which is made possible by the generous support of Dominion.
There are also People’s Choice Awards for fiction and nonfiction, as well as a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by a Virginian. Two additional prestigious awards—the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize and the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award—are also recognized at the Library's annual Literary Awards Celebration.
The 2015 Literary Lifetime Achievement winner is New York Times best-selling author, Jan Karon. Finalists for the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry awards were announced on September 8, 2015.
The 2015 Literary Awards Celebration takes place on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 6:30 to 10:30 PM at the Library of Virginia. Celebration tickets include cocktails, seated dinner, awards program, and a dessert reception with book signings.
The Literary Luncheon with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement honoree, Jan Karon, takes place on Saturday, October 17, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 PM at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The Literary Luncheon features medal presentations for all Literary Award finalists and a keynote presentation by Karon.
Tickets for these events may be purchased online through The Virginia Shop website or by calling (804) 692-3900.
Nominations for the 2016 Literary Awards are being accepted through February 12, 2016. Eligible books must be published in 2015. You can nominate a book online.