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Library of Virginia Literary Awards


2008 Literary Awards

Twenty years ago, the Library of Virginia established an annual Literary Awards program to honor Virginia writers and celebrate their contributions to the literary landscape of our state and nation. Given to Virginia authors in the categories of fiction and poetry—and to nonfiction authors for works about a Virginia subject as well—the awards are presented at an annual gala celebration that has become the Library’s signature event and an eagerly anticipated cultural tradition in Richmond. While the main award recipients are selected by independent panels of judges, the Library also invites book lovers and readers to vote for their favorite works for the People’s Choice fiction and nonfiction awards. Each year, the Library has also bestowed a Literary Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the enduring influence of an outstanding Virginia writer, with past winners including Earl Hamner, Lee Smith, Jan Karon, Tom Robbins, Charles Wright, Barbara Kingsolver, Rita Dove, John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, and David Baldacci.

The Library also partners each year with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award for an outstanding literary work with art or works of art as its primary subject. In 2017 the Library’s Literary Awards Celebration included a presentation of the Young Adult Virginia Authors Award sponsored by the Richmond Public Library Foundation.

The Library’s Literary Awards program is made possible by the generous support of Dominion Energy. Sponsors of the 2017 celebration gala also included Blue Edge Capital, Christian & Barton, MercerTrigiani, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Ms. Carol L. Hampton & Dr. Robert W. Downs, Jr., Ms. Jan Karon, Mr. & Mrs. Marc C. Leepson, Ms. Anna M. Moser & Mr. Peter B. Schwartz, Ms. Katherine Neville, the Richmond Public Library Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Steven A. Rogers, and Mr. & Mrs. Marcus M. Weinstein. Sponsors for the Literary Luncheon were Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Broadwater, Jr.

The 2018 Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 13. Please plan to join us! In the meantime, if you would like to nominate a book for the 2018 awards, click here to submit your nomination online. Or, you may click here to print out the nomination form and mail it to: Office of the Librarian, Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.