Boston Authors Club has been awarding the Julia Ward Howe Prizes, (named after the Club's first President) to outstanding adult and young reader books for twenty years. For 2017 books, the Club is expanding its award programs to recognize exceptional books by Boston area authors in four separate categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and the Young Reader category.

Publishers with 2017 titles meeting the BAC Awards criteria are encouraged to submit their books to be considered for Julia Ward Howe prizes. To enter the competition, publishers must submit two copies of each eligible title, along with a fee of $35 dollars per title. Checks should be made out to the Boston Authors Club. Eligible authors may also submit their books directly, with the same fee.

The submission deadline for qualified books published in 2017 is January 31, 2018. Please send your books and checks to: Boston Authors Club, Attn. Mary Cronin, 2400 Beacon Street, Unit 208, Chestnut Hill, MA. 02467.

Criteria for the Julia Ward Howe award include:

1) The books must be published the year prior to the award being given.

2) Authors must live or work within 100 miles of Boston the year their books are published.

3) Books published in print are eligible unless otherwise noted in the criteria. Edited books, textbooks, and reference books are not qualified. Self-published and digital-only books are not eligible.

Outstanding books that are not selected as category winners may be recognized as Finalists at the Awards program in the Fall of 2018, with no monetary prizes attached.