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.


Because we cannot safely host our usual Book Awards Reception this fall, the 2020 CNY Book Awards are being postponed to Spring 2021. We are also extending the deadline for the 2020 CNYBAs to include all books published in 2020. Our new nomination deadline is 12/31/2020 (postmark deadline).

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