Submit to 2022 PNBA Book Awards

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s Book Awards Committee is ready for submissions. Nine booksellers from independent bookstores throughout the Pacific Northwest will be reading for the 2022 Book Award. Books submitted must have be published between Oct 1, 2020 and Sep 30, 2021 and be by Northwest authors. To submit, send an email to:

In your email, include the AUTHOR, PLACE OF RESIDENCE, TITLE, PUBLISHER’S NAME, ADDRESS and LEAD CONTACT. An automated reply will give complete instructions and mailing addresses for the Book Award committee members.

Books must be submitted by September 30, 2021.  The Committee will select a short-list in November and PNBA member stores will promote these titles during the Christmas season. The winners will be announced in January 2022.  

PNBA organizers report that the awards committee receives over 400 submissions a year so the sooner they receive your book, the more chance it has of getting a full reading!  

Personal Consultations Available Through Pub U

Independent Book Publishing Association opened sign-ups for “Ask the Experts” at IBPA Publishing University 2021 today. Conference registration is required for these one-on-one consultations. Readers of Book Publishers Northwest News can use the affiliate 15% discount for April’s virtual IBPA Publishing University.

The full conference schedule is available at

Readers of Book Publishers Northwest News receive a 15% registration discount when they apply Promo Code PubU-Affiliates at check out. Additional registration information is available at

U.S. Selfies Applications Due March 1

In 2020, Publishers Weekly and BookLife created an award to recognize excellence in self-publishing. The current U.S. Selfies award is open to writers of Adult Fiction or Children’s/YA Fiction. The winning authors will receive $1,000 cash and a $5,000 package of advertising in Publishers Weekly, both in the print magazine and online.

The awards will be announced at the 2021 American Library Association’s Annual Conference.

Applications for these awards need to be made by March 1. For complete details, please see

Submissions Sought For 2021 Portland Book Festival

While the organizers have still not decided whether the Portland Book Festival will be fully virtual or a return to a more “normal” format, submissions are now open for books to be included in the November 2021 event.

Literary Arts will accept submissions of books between now and June 4, 2021 for the 2021 Festival. Complete submissions must be received by June 4, 2021.To be considered, books must be published in the fifteen months preceding the Festival (November 2021); priority consideration will be given to books published in 2021.

Exact dates and format for the 2021 Portland Book Festival will be announced later. For more details on how to make a submission, see

APSS Offers Free Book Selling U

Brian Jud alerted us that he’s back to giving free advice on book selling “The APSS 2020 Book Selling University was such a huge success we thought we would do it again — with different topics and some new speakers,” he wrote tonight.

January 28 – 29
The Association of Publishers for Special Sales
Free, Virtual Book Selling University
Selling Books in a COVID World

The two-day virtual conference is presented at no charge. Nationally known speakers will help independent publishers and authors discover how to sell more books, obtain more and better publicity, get media appearances, build your personal brand and much more. New speakers and topics include: 

§  How to Get Media Attention When No One Knows Who the Hell You Are

§  A Panel Discussion About Getting More Publicity in Niche Markets

§  Don’t Count Them Out! Selling to Libraries Amidst the Continuing COVID Pandemic

§  How to Contact and Get a Reply from Any Prospective Buyer

§  Selling More Books During a Pandemic (retail, military, government, homeschooling, etc.)

§  Q & A workshop – How to Get Published Specifically for Special Sales

§  Seven Ways To Monetize Your Book

§  Copyrights, Trademarks and Avoiding Scams and Lawsuits

§  How to Create Your Personal Brand

For more information or to register for any or all courses go to: 

Turning A Board Game Into A Novel

Seattle author Rosemary Jones not only edits this website, she’s also a regular writer of media tie-in or shared world fiction. Taking licensed properties and working with the holders of those licenses, she crafts fiction that deepens the mythos underlying such popular games as Dungeons & Dragons or, in her latest novel, Arkham Horror.

“Arkham Horror is a beloved line of board and card games published by Fantasy Flight Games,” said Jones. “Players become investigators in the strange New England town of Arkham, where cosmic horrors lurk behind seemingly innocent activities. Players of the games are used to intriguing artwork detailing the game’s setting in the 1920s America. As an author, it’s a fun challenge to not only write a story that belongs in that fantasy world but also fits into the real history of the time.”

For her first novel for Arkham Horror, Jones researched 1920s Hollywood and sent a troupe of filmmakers to Arkham to produce a silent movie. During the course of their production, the cast and crew not only meet characters from the game, they are also challenged to survive the dangers that lurk in the shadows.

Reviewers have already taken Mask of Silver‘s diverse cast of characters to heart, with one stating: “what you end up with is a depiction of 1920s America that never feels anything less than 100% real. This is absolutely crucial to this kind of insidious horror: rather than being able to dismiss this tale as something fantastical set in a place clearly of the imagination, instead you have something that feels like real history, a carefully restored picture of 1920s America – as such, when the creepy stuff starts to happen, you can almost start to wonder whether your mirror is reflecting things at an angle that should not be possible? whether the crows outside your window are giving you funny looks, as you get further and further into this slow-burn work of unsettling horror.”

To find out more about how to go from game to story, join Jones and Anjuli Smith of Aconyte Books as they discuss writing media tie-in fiction for Arkham Horror on January 22.

ACONYTE is the novels division of Asmodee Entertainment, created in 2019 to deliver on the Asmodee slogan: “Great games, amazing stories!” Their authors and editors strive to create new and exciting content to be leveraged on further entertainment platforms. A truly global brand, they work with companies around the world from their offices in Nottingham, UK.

Arkham Horror: Author Chat With Rosemary Jones

Friday January 22
4pm GMT /11am EST/8am PST

Available at Facebook or YouTube:

NAAM Gives Away Books

The Northwest African American Museum celebrates Martin Luther King Day this year by giving away books to children, among other activities.

This heritage museum has been closed to the public since March due to Washington State regulations surrounding COVID-19. The Museum pivoted to a number of online programs and launched a literacy program to help Seattle children continue to receive books and support during school closures.

Each month since then, NAAM has given away books to local Pre-K to 12th grade children at family-friendly and school-based youth events throughout the region. The carefully curated books “center, reflect, and affirm Black children, and are written and illustrated by Black authors and artists, with amazing learning within,” as per the Museum’s website.

Martin Luther King Day (January 18)
Live Giveaway/Drive-through
11:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“Books & Balls” giveaway with Seattle Sounders FC & Rave Foundation + City of Seattle “Rec’N the Streets” activity kits at Amy Yee Tennis Center Parking Lot. Drive-through event at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle 98144. Masks required. 

For further information on this program, how to volunteer or donate, please see NAAM’s website at

NW Indie Bookstores Honor Local Authors

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced the recipients of the 2021 Pacific Northwest Book Awards this week. Selected by a volunteer committee of independent booksellers from 400 nominated titles published in 2020, the books come from both large and small publishers and celebrate a diversity of authors working in the Pacific Northwest.

This year PNBA and its member stores will host a free virtual public celebration with the winners of this year’s Awards. The Pacific Northwest Book Awards Celebration, is set for February 10. Registration instructions appears on the 2021 winners announcement page at

This year’s winners are:

Cemetery Boys
Aiden Thomas (Portland, OR)
Swoon Reads / Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance
Donna Barba Higuera (Issaquah, WA)
Levine Querido

The Magical Language of Others: A Memoir
E.J. Koh (Seattle, WA)
Tin House Books

Mexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Vancouver, BC)
Del Rey / Penguin Random House

rough house
Tina Ontiveros (The Dalles, OR)
Oregon State University Press

This Is My America
Kim Johnson​ (Eugene, OR)
Random House Books for Young Readers

Join Seattle’s City of Literature Board

This year, the Seattle City of Literature nonprofit is adding five at-large volunteer seats to their board of directors that are specifically held for representatives from books-, reading-, and writing-related groups, businesses, and community organizations in five geographic areas across the Seattle area: north, south, east, west, and central. Seattle City of Literature is the 501(c)3 nonprofit that manages Seattle’s UNESCO designation as a center for literacy and literature.

The five positions will participate fully in all board decision-making, including voting, and appointments will last one year (February 2021 to January 2022). The board currently meets virtually once a month in the evening for 90 minutes to two hours; committees meet on an as-needed basis on a similar schedule.

These positions will help the nonprofit ensure that the UNESCO designation is fully representative of, and connected to, the work happening in the community. “It is crucial that the decision-making around the UNESCO designation management directly reflect the communities who earned our city that designation in the first place. We also hope that these positions will help serve as opportunities for folks to further develop their community leadership skills, through training and onboarding support that we provide,” said Juan Carlos Reyes, President, Seattle City of Literature Board of Directors, in a recent letter to Book Publishers Northwest News

These board positions will be uncompensated volunteer work.

If interested, please complete the application (a one-page Google Form) by Sunday, January 31. If you have any questions about the content of the application, need different accessibility options, or want to know more about Seattle City of Literature, please contact them at

Seattle was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017 and has been working as part of the international network since then. The nonprofit has published Seismic, a collection that asks writers to consider what the designation means for the city and how literature might be an agent of change.

Write In 2021

Books begin with words. And words matter. If this is the year that you start a manuscript on the way to publishing, here’s some Washington State organizations with workshops and other activities for all levels of writers, courtesy of Washington Center for the Book and Seattle Public Library.

Most are offering online programs that can be enjoyed from home with the warm drink of your choice.

Cascade Writers: community of writers and readers of various skill levels and genres; workshops and programs.

Center for Yakima Valley Writers (Facebook page)

Clarion West: Workshops and annual conference for speculative fiction writers.

Eastside Romance Writers: Monthly programs and conference for romance writers.

Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America: Seattle-based group for romance writers.

Inland Empire Chapter of RWA (Spokane) : Spokane-based group for romance writers.

Inland Northwest Writers Group: Networking, support, and meetups.

Mystery Writers of America – Northwest Chapter: For mystery writers and others in the field in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.

National Novel Writing Month: National event in November; find local write-ins and resources via website.

Northwest Science Writers Group: Science writing for the general public.

Olympia Chapter RWA: Help for romance writers based in Olympia.

Pacific Northwest Writers Association: Monthly programs, literary contest, and annual conference outlined on website.

Palouse Writers Guild (Moscow/Pullman): Networking resource for Eastern Washington writers.

Plateau Area Writers Association: Resources for writers in and around Enumclaw

Rivers of InkSupporting and empowering writers in the Mid-Columbia region.

Seattle Writes: Free classes, workshops, write-ins and podcasts for writers hosted by Seattle Public Library.

Sno-Isle Libraries: Write Now series offers free workshops and classes taught by published authors.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington: Programs, retreats, and conference. In 2020, they removed the pay wall for many Zoom events to provide additional help to writers.

Spokane Fiction Writers Group: Provides opportunities for collaboration and social interaction.

Spokane Writers Conference: Annual conference sponsored by Spokane County Library District.

Wordherders: Networking group in southeast Washington

Write on the River: Community of writers offering workshops and conference, based in Wenatchee.