2015 CALA Best Book Award Guidelines

2015 CALA Best Book Award Guidelines

The goal of the CALA Annual Best Book Award is to promote awareness of the best books of Chinese topics or literature written by authors of Chinese descent, in English or Chinese language, that are originally published in North America. Winners of the Award will be announced by CALA during the ALA annual conference.

Each category of the Award consists of an award certificate and will be presented at the CALA Annual Award Banquet. A press release will be sent to various print and online media. Honorable mentions may also be named in addition to the winning ones. If no eligible books are found to meet the selection criteria, no awards will be given.

Eligible Works

  • Works must be related to Chinese culture heritage or deal with subjects about China, written by authors of Chinese descent.
  • Works eligible must have premier publication during the calendar year of 2015 from January 1 to December 31, and must be published for general commercial release by a publishing house, trade or small press/publisher located in North America.
  • Nominations must be submitted to the Committee using the Best Book Award Nomination Form by March 1st, 2016.
  • Works must be in Chinese or English. This requirement does not limit the use of words or phrases in another language where appropriate in context. Translations of original works may be considered.
  • Works that have previously won other prizes or recognition are also eligible.

Ineligible Works

  • Anthologies containing the work of more than one author.
  • Reprints of books originally published prior to the current award year.
  • Self-published works.

Entry and Submission of Works

  • Entries may be submitted by an author, publisher, agent, publicist or any individual.
  • Nominations must be submitted to the Committee using the Best Book Award Nomination Form by March 1st, 2016.
  • An email address should be provided with each entry.
  • Upon receipt of the entry, the Award Committee will notify the submitter to acknowledge the receipt of the submission via email. The Award Committee is not responsible for lost submissions.
  • An author, publisher, publicist, agent or individual may submit more than one entry per author, but not more than one entry per book.
  • It is encouraged to mail books of entry to the Best Book Award Committee, with three copies, one copy each to committee members for according categories. All nominated books must be post marked by March 1st, 2016.
  • Please label on the envelope “CALA Best Book Award” when mailing book(s).

If you cannot mail the book, please note it in the nomination form.

Mailing addresses:

For Fiction & Non Fiction, please mail books to Sai Deng, Haiwang Yuan, and Zhao Liu at the following addresses For Juvenile (age 12-18) & Children’s (age 12 and under) Books, please mail books to Lijun Xue, Ning Zou, and Yuan Li at the following addresses
Sai Deng
10564 Angler Ct.
Orlando, FL 32825



Lijun Xue
Madonna University Library
36600 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
Haiwang Yuan
706  Cravens Library
University Libraries
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1067
Ning Zou
Crown 104
Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
Zhao Liu
Collection & Acquisition Services
Texas A&M University Libraries
College Station, TX 77843
Yuan Li
Lewis Library
Washington Rd & Ivy Lane
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08540


2015/2016 Best Book Award Committee

Yuan Li (co-chair) yuanli80@gmail.com
Zhao Liu (co-chair) zliu@neo.tamu.edu
Sai Deng saideng@gmail.com
Lijun Xue lxue@madonna.edu
Ning Zou nzou@dom.edu
Haiwang Yuan haiwang.yuan@wku.edu
Amy Kuoakuo@ci.berkeley.ca.us