Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a book for the National Book Award?
To request an official copy of our guidelines, call the Foundation at 212.685.0261.
For official guidelines, click here.
For an outline of the National Book Awards Selection Process, click here.

How are National Book Award judges selected?
For information on how judges are chosen, click here.

How many books get submitted each year?
In 2017, there were 1,529 books submitted for the National Book Awards. The number of books by genre: Fiction - 394;
Nonfiction - 553; Poetry - 245; YPL- 337

Who has won a National Book Award?
For a complete list of National Book Award Winners and Finalists from 1950-2010, click here.

When and where is the Awards Ceremony?
The National Book Awards Ceremony will be held on November 15, 2017 at Cipriani, Wall Street in New York City.

Can I come to the Awards Ceremony?
Admission to the Awards Ceremony is by invitation only. For more information regarding the Awards, contact the Foundation at (212) 685-0261.

How do I bring a National Book Award author to my school or community center?
To learn more about our community outreach programs, click here. Interested school and community center leaders should email Jordan Smith at

Do you donate books?
Unfortunately, our budget does not allow us to donate books to outside individuals or
programs other than those with which we are currently affiliated.

Do you accept book donations?
No, we do not accept book donations.

How do I contact the National Book Foundation?
Our mailing address is 90 Broad Street, Suite 604, New York, NY 10004.
Telephone: (212) 685-0261.
Staff emails are located here >