You have until the end of June to get you entry to Books By the Banks.
Also, this year, to sweeten the pot, Books by the Banks book festival to award $1,500 in cash prizes to authors!
CINCINNATI, OH — June 1, 2015 — Several outstanding authors will be recognized this year with one of eight new awards established by the long-running regional book festival, Books by the Banks.
The festival, presented this year by Ohio Humanities, will award authors in three categories a special Rookwood Pottery trophy designed exclusively for the event, plus a cash prize of $500 each. Categories are: Best Kids Book, Best Young Adult Book and Best Emerging New Talent.
A special Books by the Banks Lifetime Achievement Award will also be offered this year to recognize an author who has made a significant contribution to regional literature.
A committee of festival organizers and literary professionals will select the award winners. The four awards are sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and will be announced Oct. 16.
The public will also get the chance to weigh in on their favorite writers. Four People’s Choice Book Awards will be handed out. Those categories are: Best Fiction Book, Best Nonfiction Book, Best Kids Book and Best Young Adult Book. Fans will get the chance to cast their votes online later this year. Winners will get an award and special recognition at the festival.
“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of talent at our festival the past eight years,” said Greg Edwards, Books by the Banks board president. “We’re excited to recognize the best of the best this year with these inaugural awards. It’s a great way to honor the abilities of our wonderful writers and say thanks for making our festival one of the best in the country.”
The 2015 festival will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. Last year, the festival drew more than 125 authors and a crowd of 5,000 attendees. It’s considered one of the largest and most prestigious events of its kind in the region.
Finally, David Michael Beck is doing this year's poster! It will be amazing!