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badgeEach year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about.

The SIBA Book Award, now The Southern Book Prize, was created to recognize great books of southern origin. All the finalists and winning books are promoted to the media and featured on SIBA’s web sites.

All nominations must come via a SIBA bookseller— making the Southern Book Prize a true “readers’ choice” award and one of the most well-known awards for Southern literature. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South and/or the author must be Southern (preferably both!). It must have been published within the previous calendar year.

This is a great opportunity to involve your customers and generating excitement for titles you are especially passionate about.

The Conroy Legacy Award! | FAQs & Calendar | Store Ideas | Logos & Badges | Downloads


The Conroy Legacy Award

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) announces the creation of a “Lifetime Achievement” category for their annual book award program, The Southern Book Prize (formerly known as The SIBA Book Award). The new category, the Conroy Legacy Award, honors the example of beloved author Pat Conroy and recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community. Recipients will have shown the following attributes:

  1. Support for independent bookstores, both in their own communities and in general.
  2. Writing that focuses significantly on their own home place.
  3. Demonstrates support of other writers, especially new and emerging authors.

The Conroy Legacy Award is given to one writer in SIBA territory per year. A juried panel of SIBA member booksellers representing all of SIBA's states will choose among nominated writers to determine the year’s winner.

Although it is not necessary for a nominated writer to have a new book out in the award year, nominated writers must be living, and must have books in print. Nominations must come from SIBA member bookstores. The Legacy Award provides an opportunity for its member stores to recognize writers who have been important in their community.

Both a donation to the Pat Conroy Literary Center and a donation to a literary entity close to the heart of the writer will be made in the name of the Legacy Award recipient.


FAQs about the Southern Book Prize

What books can be nominated?
A book must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern, or both, and it must have been published in the previous calendar year. Books must also be in print and generally available to the industry at standard wholesale terms.

Are self published books eligible? If they meet the above criteria.

Who can nominate a book?
Anyone can nominate, but all nominations must be associated with a SIBA member bookstore. Reviews of eligible books submitted by SIBA booksellers to Edelweiss are also considered to be nominations.

How do I nominate a book?
Click here for the online nomination form

How are winners selected?
A list of finalists is compiled from eligible books that receive the most nominations. Finalists are announced on November 1. Bookstores and their customers vote on the finalists between November 10 (LoveYourBookstore Challenge week) and February 1. The winners are announced on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Where can I see a list of Southern Book Prize finalists and winners?
The Current and Archived Southern Book Prizes



Using the Southern Book Prizes in your store

One of the goals of the Southern Book Prize is to extend the shelf life, and therefore the sales, of booksellers' favorite "handsell" titles. Every step of the book award process is an opportunity to bring renewed interest to favorite titles from the previous year that are often being released in paperback. From nomination to the final announcement of the winners, stores have six months to highlight their most popular Southern books:

  • Get customers involved in the nomination process. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, and all nominations have to say which SIBA bookstore they work for or shop at. Stores receive points for every nomination made on their behalf.

  • Create Southern Book Prize displays of finalists for the holiday shopping season.

  • Get customers involved in the voting. Send your media outlets the customizable press release tailored for your store. Use the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag to ignite customer enthusiasm for their favorites among the finalists

  • Celebrate the Winners. A natural for window displays and high-visibility areas, and perfect for book club choices in the winter months.
  • Don't t forget the Honorable Mentions Worthy titles that didn't receive quite enough nominations to make the finalist list, but had especially enthusiastic nominations from booksellers nonethless.

Downloadable Book Award GraphicsLogos and badges:

Right-click on any of the images below to save them to your computer so you can upload them to your website or facebook pages.



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Downloadable Book Award Graphics




Book Award Downloads:

Southern Book Prize Assets

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Downloadable flyers and shelf talkers, website badges and logos
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2017 Long List Titles XLS (103 KB)  more ] Administration 3/27/2017
2017 Southern Book Prize Finalists Title List XLS (35.5 KB) Administration 4/17/2017
2017 Southern Book Prize Slit Card PDF (530.08 KB)  more ] Administration 3/28/2017
Book Award Bookmarks PDF (1.11 MB) Administration 2/19/2016
Book Award shelf talker (generic) PDF (861.1 KB)  more ] Administration 7/3/2015
Regular Shelf Talker PDF (1.05 MB)  more ] Administration 7/3/2014
Wide Shelf Talker PDF (1.17 MB)  more ] Administration 7/3/2014
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