NCPA Annual Publishing Awards
Since 1994 NCPA has honored the work of Northern California independent publishers and authors by presenting awards for overall excellence and quality book production, from cover illustration to interior design. Marketing materials are also eligible for awards. Past winners have successfully used their NCPA awards to increase bookstore and media interest, thus increasing sales.
“Putting that little gold foil award sticker on my books has certainly helped the books sell! Watch people as they browse: they pick up a book, look at the front and back cover, then either put it back (if it didn’t pique their interest) and walk away, or open it (if it did). Invariably, browsers notice the little sticker, raise their eyebrows, then open it to read more. The award is like a flag, telling them this book already passed muster with lots of other readers. It’s like an invitation from a trusted friend to come in and enjoy.”
– Dierdre Wolownick, Wordswrights International, winner in 1995, 1996 & 1997
The following awards were announced at the NCPA Awards Banquet held on April 27, 2013.
First place: Flint House, by Kathleen L. Asay
Second Place: The House's Memory, by Owen Sullivan
Third Place: The Brother-in-Law, by F. X. Biasi, Jr.
Honorable mention: Through Phantom Eyes, Volume 5, by Theodora Bruns
First place: I Can Dance: My LIfe with a Disability, by Laurie Hoirup
Second Place: The Seasoned Gardner, by Carolyn Singer
Third Place: Disaster & Triumph, Sacramento Women, Gold Rush through the Civil War, by Cheryl Anne Stapp
Honorable mention: Eye from the Edge, by Ruben Llamas
First Place: Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozers!, by Frances H. Kakugawa
First place: Terry Burke Maxwell, Earth Patch Press, for Eye from the Edge, A Memoir of West Oakland, California
Second Place: Carolyn Singer, Garden Wisdom Press, for The Seasoned Gardner
Third place: Wordsworth! Stop the Bulldozers!, by Frances H. Kakugawa
The following awards were announced at the NCPA Awards Banquet held on April 29, 2012.
First place: Dying for a Dance, by Cindy Sample
First place: Kapoho, Memoir of a Modern Pompeii, by Frances H. Kakugawa
Honorable mention: Dreaming in English, by Jeannie Johng-Nishikawa
Honorable mention: When Spirits Speak: Messages from Spirit Children, by Jeri K. Tory Conklin
Honorable mention: Where’s Wiley? The Mystery of the Canine Triangle, by John Westlund
Nonfiction/Gift, first place: Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, by Margie Yee Webb
Nonfiction/General, first place: History of a Place Called Rescue, by William C. Teie and Francis M. Carpenter
Nonfiction/General, second place: Skiing at Lake Tahoe, by Mark McLaughlin
First place to William C. Teie for History of a Place Called Rescue
Second place to Margie Yee Webb for Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life
“Winning three NCPA awards was more valuable than gold stickers on my book covers. Media mention was useful but, for a speaker and bookseller, it has been dynamite promo to tell prospective buyers ‘This book received three major California publishing awards.’ In a speech, this usually gets a round of applause. In a selling situation, it often seals the deal.”
– Susan Maxwell Skinner, author of Carmichael, Americana on the Move
Click here to see the winners of NCPA awards from 1994 to 2009.
Frequently Asked Questions about the NCPA Annual Awards
“The awards I received from NCPA were a great jump start to promoting my books. Thanks to NCPA I am an award-winning author, which gives me confidence and credibility when selling my books.”
– Stephen Burrows, Windmill Publishing
- What is the purpose of the annual NCPA Awards?
- The annual awards recognize NCPA members who publish or write outstanding books and supporting materials such as videos, CD-ROMs, audiotapes, greeting cards, posters, postcards, and brochures.
- Who can enter?
- Entrants must be a member of NCPA. Publishers may enter their books in all categories. Authors may enter their books in categories not related to book design or production.
- Who is the publisher?
- The publisher is the person or company who owns the ISBN.
- What are the awards categories?
- Please see the entry form or the rules form for this year’s categories.
- What books are eligible?
- Books published the previous calendar year may be entered. Revised editions are eligible. For all entries, the copyright date must match the publication year. To be considered “published,” copies of the book in its published form (not as an ARC) must have been on hand and available for sale to retail customers before December 31 and not have been available for sale earlier than January 1 of the publication year.
- Will every category or entry produce a winner?
- No. Entry into the contest does not guarantee that a book will be a winner. Neither does being the sole entry for a category. Books and materials are evaluated according to quality.
- Who judges the publications?
- Judges are drawn from NCPA’s membership, the community, and publishing professionals including local news media.
- What do winners receive?
- Winners receive certificates and labels which they may use on their book covers. Winners may use supplied label art in marketing and promotional materials. Past winners have successfully used their NCPA awards to obtain media interest and increase sales.
- How long has the NCPA awards program been in existence?
- The awards program began in 1994 and, as of 2008, NCPA has presented over 150 awards.