Book Prize

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on the books they have most enjoyed selling to customers: the books they couldn't stop talking about; books by southern writers, or with a southern perspective, or both. For years, the SIBA Book Award has recognized great books of southern origin.

In 2017, the SIBA Book Award became The Southern Book Prize  and implemented The Conroy Legacy Award to honor one of the region's most enduring, iconic writers and to recognize Conroy as a force for good in the world of southern books and literature.

For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (or both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers. Stores may also submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

Enter your choices on our online nomination form.


The Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  • Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  • Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  • Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.

Follow the links below to learn more. Mark your calendars now for important nomination deadlines and announcements!

Downloadable Book Award GraphicsLogos and badges:  Click here for badges to put on your website!

Booksellers: The Southern Book Prize Winners could win you $1000!

Once again, SIBA will host the SIBA Book Award Display Contest at the upcoming SIBA Discovery Show September 15-17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the Winners and recreate it on site at the show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the store with the winning display will receive $1000  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only. So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going!


The Southern Indie Lit Crossword Puzzle Book

Ten years of great southern lit for $9.95!

Ordering Information:

Bookstores: Available from Ingram, 978-0-9825205-0-5, SRP $9.95

Consumers: Available at Southern Indie Bookstores.

Play a sample puzzle online!


How well do you know your Southern lit? We dare you to use a pen on these crossword puzzles, each inspired by one of the winning titles of the SIBA Book Award, honoring ten years of the very best in Southern literature as chosen by the people who would know...Southern Independent Booksellers! A great gift for your book club, for puzzle-lovers, and anyone who loves Southern literature.

Hey, wait. . .where are the answers?!?

(click on a title to see the solution to the puzzles found in the book)

Serena, Ron Rash
Dear Darkness, Kevin Young
Screen Doors and Sweet Tea, Martha Hall Foose
The Prince of Frogtown, Rick Bragg
Graceling, Kristin Cashore
Two Bobbies, Kirby Larson & Mary Nethery

Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen
The House On Boulevard Street, David Kirby
A Love Affair with Southern Cooking, Jean Anderson
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver
Deep in the Swamp, Donna Bateman, illustrated by Brian Lies

Alabama Moon, Watt Key
I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence, Amy Sedaris
Keep and Give Away, Susan Meyers
Thirteen Moons, Charles Frazier
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, Charles J. Shields

Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson
What Travels with Us, Darnell Arnoult
Being Dead is No Excuse, Gayden Metcalfe & Charlotte Hays
Marley & Me, John Grogan
Rosa, Nikki Giovanni

Saints at the River, Ron Rash
We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, Celia Rivenbark
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, Frank Stitt
A Companion for Owls, Maurice Manning
Peter & the Starcatcher, Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Lunch at the Piccadilly, Clyde Edgerton
The GRITS Guide to Life, Deborah Ford
The Gift of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis
Locales, Fred Chappell (Editor)
How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
My Losing Season, Pat Conroy
The Foster’s Market Cookbook, Sara Foster
Catching Light, Kathryn Stripling Byer
Hoot!, Carl Hiaasen

The Bridge, Doug Marlette
Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg
How Animals Saved the People, J.J. Reneaux

Jim the Boy, Tony Earley
Somebody Told Me, Rick Bragg
Zinc Fingers, Peter Meinke
Because of Winn-Dixie, Kate DiCamillo

Look Back All the Green Valley, Fred Chappell
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
elegy for the southern drawl, Rodney Jones
Bugs & Critters I Have Known, Ann Heiskell Rickey

The Next Step in the Dance, Tim Gautreaux
Confederates in the Attic, Tony Horwitz
Someone Will Go On Owing, Andrew Glaze
Out of the Ocean, Debra Frasier