Florida Book Awards

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With its tenth annual competition now complete, the Florida Book Awards has announced winners for books published in 2015. More than 200 hundred eligible publications were submitted across the nine categories of competition.

Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

Setting the standard for future cash prizes, the “Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Children’s Literature”, now in its second year, is awarded to Dianne Ochiltree of Sarasota for It’s a Seashell Day (Blue Apple Books).  This $1000 cash award is in memory of Gwen P. Reichert and serves as a lasting tribute to honor her accomplishments as a rare book collector, nurturer of authors and their audience, and her commitment to children’s education.  Support for similar cash prizes associated with the eight other award categories are in development.

The 2016 Call for Book Submissions will be announced in June.

The Florida Book Awards

2015 Winners by Category


2015 FBA Winners by Location

Andres Pi Andreu (Miami)
Cynthia Barnett (Gainesville)
June Melby Benowitz (Sarasota)
Susan Cerulean (Tallahassee)
Gracie L. Chandler (Jacksonville)
Katherine Clark (Pensacola)
Robert L. Crawford (Thomasville, GA)
Jonathan Fink (Pensacola)
Lane Fredrickson (Delray Beach)
J. Matthew Gallman (Gainesville)
Brandi George (Tallahassee)
Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Coral Gables)
Jesse Goolsby (Tallahassee)
Marti Green (The Villages)
Patricia Gussin (Longboat Key)
Tameka Bradley Hobbs (Pembroke Pines)
Gabriel Horn (St. Petersburg)
Shaun David Hutchinson (Port St. Lucie)
Patrick Kendrick (West Palm Beach)
Donald Morrill (Tampa)
Dianne Ochiltree (Sarasota)
Arva M. Parks (Miami)
Nic Stoltzfus (Blountstown)
Bruce Thomason (Jacksonville Beach)




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The Florida Book Awards, coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries and co-sponsored by: