Each year, the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center recognizes the best books published by CNY authors through the CNY Book Awards. Awards are currently presented in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and Children's Books. Each category is judged by an acclaimed author from outside of our region, to ensure impartiality. Finalists are named each fall, and the CNY Book Awards themselves are presented live at the Awards Reception.

Nominations for the 2021 CNY Book Awards are open now, with a postmark deadline of 12/31/2021. The Awards reception will be held in Spring 2022. For complete information about the CNY Book Awards and nomination process, as well as a nomination form, click the link below.

Questions? Contact director Phil Memmer at (315) 474-6851 x328, or email pmemmer@ymcacny.org.

Learn about the CNY Book Awards and Nomination Process