Lincoln Memorial University’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival is proud to work with the Appalachian Writers Association and members of the Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University to manage the annual presentation of the Appalachian Book of the Year awards. Beginning in the summer 2018, winners will be announced annually at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at LMU in Harrogate, Tennessee, usually convened on the 3rd weekend in June.
Awards for books published in 2016 and 2017
Because of a lapse in offering the awards, we are now accepting nominations for the 2016 and 2017 ABOYs. Both sets of winners will be announced at the 2018 MHLF.
Appalachian Book of the Year Eligibility
All books must be written by an author(s) who resides in, has resided in, or is writing about Appalachia as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission. To see what counties are part of this defined area, visit https://www.arc.gov/counties.
The following are eligible:
While shared authorship of a single book is acceptable, edited anthologies of works by multiple authors are not eligible at this time. Self-published books are not eligible at this time.
Judging panels will be comprised of 3 or 5 members per category
The AWA will refer to the book’s indicia of its first edition to determine its original publication date.
For more information, please email Darnell Arnoult at anna.arnoult@LMUnet.edu.