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The New York City Book Awards

The New York Society Library's New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City. It is not necessary that the city be the major subject of the book, but it must play an essential, invigorating role beyond that of the setting. As part of the Book Awards, the Library also presents the Hornblower Award. Established in 2011, this award is given to an excellent New York City-related book by a first-time author.

Submissions for the Awards

The Library welcomes submissions of qualifying books from publishers and authors. Submissions may be made at any point prior to the deadline during the year of publication. Winners are contacted and announced in March for the previous year's books. 2015 entry guidelines will be available on this page in early summer 2015.

The New York City Book Awards By Year

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List of All New York City Book Awards Winners