Nomination Guidelines

Will be Accepting Submissions for the 2019 Américas Award starting in June 2018!

2019 Call for Submissions


  • The book must be published in 2018.
  • The title may be for primary or secondary reading levels.
  • Language of publication may be English, Spanish, Portuguese, or any language indigenous to the Americas.
  • The book must be published in the United States or by a publisher with offices within the U.S.
  • Submissions may be fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction.
  • A book will only be considered in its first year of publication in the United States. A book originally published in the U.S. in English with a translated edition in a subsequent year will only be eligible the first year of the edition.


To nominate a 2018 copyright title, publishers are invited to submit nine copies of the nominated book to the Américas Review Committee Members (including the ex-officio members) and the Award Coordinators by January 31, 2019. There is no entry fee.

2019 Call for Submissions

The list of award winners, honorable mention and commended titles will be announced in the spring, recognizing works published in in the previous year. The formal award presentation is held during Hispanic Heritage month at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. in the fall. Read more about the award ceremony here.

For more information about the Américas Award guidelines and process, please review the Award Guidelines .