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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Georgia Writers Registry (GWR) must be residents of Georgia and must also earn a minimum of 12 publication points based on the following point system:

12 Points

  • Each book of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction
  • Each play produced by a professional theatre (equity contract)

6 Points

  • Each chapbook
  • Staged readings of plays by professional theatres or professional playwright’s organizations

3 Points

  • Each work of fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication
  • Each poem published in a literary journal, anthology, or edited Web publication

Ineligible Publications

  • Publications from vanity presses
  • Self-published work
  • Work from presses that do not offer authors standard book contracts
  • Work published by a journal or anthology for which one makes editorial decisions
  • Translations

This form should be filled out by the sponsoring organization prior to the event. 

Applications will not be considered unless all information is provided. Please keep a copy for your records. Sponsors are required to submit all promotional materials, including print copies of webpages and e-mails, that highlight the logos of the Georgia Writers Association, the Georgia Council of the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Proof of verbal acknowledgement made at the event must be submitted if there are no written promotional materials.

This form should be filled out by the sponsoring organization after the event has taken place.

The event director is to complete this form within 15 days of the completion of the event. Sponsors are required to submit all promotional materials along with this form, including screenshots of webpages and e-mails, that highlight the logos of the Georgia Writers Association, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Proof of verbal acknowledgement made at the event must be submitted if there are no written promotional materials. 


  • This form should be filled out by the writer after the event has taken place and within 15 days of the completion of the event. 
  • Please cash your check within 90 days of issuance.
  • If there are any discrepencies between the amount you agreed to be paid for the even and the actual amount of the check, please contact Terri Dudenhoeffer at terri@georgiawriters.org

Please carefully review these guidelines before submitting a nomination. Please note that you must have a Submittable account prior to filling out the nomination form. You may create a free account here.

Nomination Fee

$60 per nomination

Deadline

February 15, 2023

Eligibility

-Books and chapbooks published within the 2022 calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Reprints and second editions are not eligible.

-Books will not be considered nominated if any of these guidelines are not met and materials and payment are not postmarked by February 15, 2022. 

Required Materials

The following required materials must be received by February 15, 2022 (postmarked).

-Nomination form

-$60 nomination fee

-A digital copy of the book (strongly preferred; if digital copy is not available, please see instructions on form.)

Definition of a Georgia Author for the 58th GAYA

To be considered a Georgia author and thus eligible for nomination for GAYA, an author must meet one of the following criteria: -The author must have been a resident of Georgia when the nominated book was written, though they may have since moved out of state; or -The author must currently live in Georgia when the book is nominated.

Definitions of GAYA Categories for the 58th GAYA

A book may be nominated in only one category and is selected by the nominator.

Categories (in alphabetical order):

  • Children’s Book—Books written for ages 9 and younger. A children’s book includes picture books and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Cookbook—Books that contain a collection of recipes, techniques, or focus on the exploration of food, cooking, and culture of food.
  • Essay—A collection by a single author that sustains a single topic or theme. It may not be an anthology of essays by multiple authors
  • Fiction (subcategories)
    • Detective/Mystery—A novel by a single author featuring a crime or crimes
    • First Novel—First published novel by a single author (any genre)
    • Literary Fiction—A non-genre novel by a single author
    • Romance—A novel by a single author intended for the mass-market and involving a primary focus on relationships
    • Science Fiction— A novel by a single author that is grounded in the science or technology of the future
  • Graphic Novel—A narrative work where the story is told not only through words, but also sequential art and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • LGBTQIA+—Works produced by or for the LGBTQIA+ community and can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
  • Nonfiction (subcategories)
    • Biography—A life history that is a fact-based, referenced life story of a person, a group of people, or a family. This category does not include autobiography, which should be nominated under memoir.
    • History—Research-based books which use narratives to examine and analyze past events
    • Inspirational—Books on topics in self-help, life improvement, motivational, religious, or spiritual.
    • Memoir—A book that is an account of one’s personal life and experiences.
  • Poetry (subcategories)
    • Chapbook—By a single poet and generally no more than 40 pages
    • Full-Length Book—By a single poet
  • Short Story Collection—By a single author
  • Specialty Book—Anthologies of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction, and books that include a visual element such as art or photography.
  • Young Adult—Books written for ages 10 and older and are either fiction or nonfiction.

In the Event a Category Has Fewer than Four Nominees

If a category has fewer than four nominees, authors will have the opportunity to move their books to the next best category. For example, if there are only two books in the Romance category, authors will be notified and may choose to place the book in the Literary Fiction category.

In the Event an Award Is Not Made in a Category

Georgia Writers Association reserves the right to not award a winner in a category if it is determined that none of the nominations should win. If no winner is selected due to a lack of sufficient nominations in a category, the nomination fee will be refunded. However, if the category judge determines that a category has no first– or second–place winner, the nomination fee will not be refunded.

Please carefully review these guidelines before submitting a nomination. Please note that you must have a Submittable account prior to filling out the nomination form. You may create a free account here.

Nomination Fee

$60 per nomination

Deadline

February 15, 2023

Eligibility

-Books and chapbooks published within the 2022 calendar year (January 1 to December 31). Reprints and second editions are not eligible.

-Books will not be considered nominated if any of these guidelines are not met and materials and payment are not postmarked by February 15, 2022. 

Required Materials

The following required materials must be received by February 15, 2022 (postmarked).

-Nomination form

-$60 nomination fee

-A digital copy of the book (strongly preferred; if digital copy is not available, please see instructions on form.)

Definition of a Georgia Author for the 58th GAYA

To be considered a Georgia author and thus eligible for nomination for GAYA, an author must meet one of the following criteria: -The author must have been a resident of Georgia when the nominated book was written, though they may have since moved out of state; or -The author must currently live in Georgia when the book is nominated.

Definitions of GAYA Categories for the 58th GAYA

A book may be nominated in only one category and is selected by the nominator.

Categories (in alphabetical order):

  • Children’s Book—Books written for ages 9 and younger. A children’s book includes picture books and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • Cookbook—Books that contain a collection of recipes, techniques, or focus on the exploration of food, cooking, and culture of food.
  • Essay—A collection by a single author that sustains a single topic or theme. It may not be an anthology of essays by multiple authors
  • Fiction (subcategories)
    • Detective/Mystery—A novel by a single author featuring a crime or crimes
    • First Novel—First published novel by a single author (any genre)
    • Literary Fiction—A non-genre novel by a single author
    • Romance—A novel by a single author intended for the mass-market and involving a primary focus on relationships
    • Science Fiction— A novel by a single author that is grounded in the science or technology of the future
  • Graphic Novel—A narrative work where the story is told not only through words, but also sequential art and can be fiction or nonfiction.
  • LGBTQIA+—Works produced by or for the LGBTQIA+ community and can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
  • Nonfiction (subcategories)
    • Biography—A life history that is a fact-based, referenced life story of a person, a group of people, or a family. This category does not include autobiography, which should be nominated under memoir.
    • History—Research-based books which use narratives to examine and analyze past events
    • Inspirational—Books on topics in self-help, life improvement, motivational, religious, or spiritual.
    • Memoir—A book that is an account of one’s personal life and experiences.
  • Poetry (subcategories)
    • Chapbook—By a single poet and generally no more than 40 pages
    • Full-Length Book—By a single poet
  • Short Story Collection—By a single author
  • Specialty Book—Anthologies of poetry, creative non-fiction, and fiction, and books that include a visual element such as art or photography.
  • Young Adult—Books written for ages 10 and older and are either fiction or nonfiction.

In the Event a Category Has Fewer than Four Nominees

If a category has fewer than four nominees, authors will have the opportunity to move their books to the next best category. For example, if there are only two books in the Romance category, authors will be notified and may choose to place the book in the Literary Fiction category.

In the Event an Award Is Not Made in a Category

Georgia Writers Association reserves the right to not award a winner in a category if it is determined that none of the nominations should win. If no winner is selected due to a lack of sufficient nominations in a category, the nomination fee will be refunded. However, if the category judge determines that a category has no first– or second–place winner, the nomination fee will not be refunded.

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