Library of Virginia Literary Awards

2008 Literary Awards

IN 1997, the Library of Virginia established its 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 Awards for Fiction and Nonfiction. In the past, 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. Learn more here.

Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Literary Awards; finalists will be announced in mid-August.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Literary Awards (books published in 2020). Nominations may be submitted by completing the online form. The form may also be printed and mailed to: Library of Virginia Literary Awards, Attn: Nancy Orr, Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

Online voting for the 2020 People's Choice Awards is now open. Click here to cast your vote! Voting runs through August 31st. If you would like to vote by paper ballot, download the ballot and mail to Library of Virginia Foundation, 800 E. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219, postmarked by August 31st.

The 23rd Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration will take place virtually on Saturday, October 17th, 2020. Check back soon for ways to support and participate in the 2020 Celebration.

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