The Southern 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.

WHICH BOOKS CAN BE NOMINATED
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.

WHO CAN NOMINATE A BOOK?
Winners will be chosen by popular vote, and Southern indie bookstores will be encouraged to involve their customers in the voting process by creating in-store displays of the finalist titles as part of their holiday promotions. Each store will be provided postage-paid postcard ballots to hand out to booksellers and customers. An online ballot will also be available on November 10th. Returned ballots will be entered into a raffle to win a complete set of the finalist titles.

In-store voting will begin the week of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge, November 10-16, building on the momentum of the grassroots campaign to encourage book buying at local bookstores and giving store customers chances to win more prizes. Voting will run from November 10 through February 1, 2019. Southern Book Prize winners will be announced on February 14, Valentine’s Day.

WHAT IS THE CONROY LEGACY AWARD?

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.

I'M A PUBLISHER/AUTHOR/BOOKSELLER: HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?
Follow the links below to learn more. Mark your calendars now for important nomination deadlines and announcements!

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SIBA Book Award FinalistsAnnouncing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

(Columbia, SC)  May 12, 2014 -- The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-two books on the 2014 list, representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, poetry and cooking.


 

 

 

Fiction FinalistsFiction


Guests on Earth by Lee Smith (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Life After Life by Jill McCorkle (Shannon Ravenel Books)
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (Doubleday Books)
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly (William Morrow & Company)
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Gallery Books)





 

 

 

 

Nonfiction FinalistsNonfiction


The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy (Nan A. Talese)
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (Crown Publishing Group)
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (Touchstone Books)
Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris (Little, Brown and Company)

 

 








 

Cooking FinalistsCooking


A Passion for Bread by Lionel Vatinet (Little, Brown and Company)
The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Matt & Ted Lee (Clarkson Potter)
Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey by John Currence (Andrews McMeel)








 


 

Poetry FinalistsPoetry


The Book of Goodbyes by  Jillian   Weise   ( BOA Editions Ltd.)
Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers    by Cathy Bowers (Press 53)
Concertina by Joseph Bathanti  (Mercer University Press)
Voodoo for the Other Woman by Angela Kelly (Hub City Press)




 

 

 

 



 

Children's FinalistsChildren's


The Girl from Felony Bay by J. E. Thompson (Walden Pond Press)
The Mischievians by William Joyce (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean (HarperCollins)








 


 

Young Adult FinalistsYoung Adult


The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer + Bray)
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children’s Books)
Theodore Boone:  The Activist by John Grisham (Dutton Books)











 

Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.