Thursday, September 28, 2023

2023 Book Awards: Judges Needed


The 2023 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards program is now open for entries and more judges are needed. This is the 18th year for the book awards and it covers books by authors and publishers from New Mexico and Arizona as well as any books about either state that have been published since January 1, 2021.

Every year, new judges are actively solicited to help make this awards program work. Judges include people who love to read, especially books from the southwest (Arizona and New Mexico). Once again, anyone can be a judge (as long as you do not judge books in a category that you might enter)! Teachers, parents, librarians and booksellers make up a large portion of judges, but anyone who loves to read good books is welcome. You can pick as many categories as you feel comfortable handling. You can also put a limit on the total number of books you are willing to take on.

Judges will start getting books in February. The bulk of books will go out in April and May. Judges have until August 1 to complete the process. We provide judging forms and you can take a peek at them on the New Mexico Book Co-op website:

If you want to be a judge, email and let them know what categories you are interested in. Please email if you have any questions.


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