You could be Arizona’s next great novelist

ONEBOOKAZ writing contest accepting entries October 1-14

For Immediate Release
September 29, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Donna Throckmorton
Library Services Consultant
Library Development
Phone: (602) 926-3621

Kim Crawford
Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 926-3810
[email protected]

STATEWIDE – Budding Arizona fiction authors, October 1 through 14 is the time to dust off the computer keyboard and submit that manuscript to the ONEBOOKAZ writing contest.

Authors who reside in Arizona are eligible to submit their unpublished or self-published works at The categories for submission include:

  • Children’s: Illustrated picture or chapter book that would appeal to children between the ages of 3-12.
  • Young Adult: Literature that would appeal to the age group including 12-17 years of age.
  • Adult: Literature that would appeal to a general adult readership of 18 and older (no pornographic or obscene content).

“Winning the 2015 OneBookAZ Children's Book award has enhanced my career and afforded many new opportunities,” said Gale Leach. “Make a point of submitting your book to this year's contest.”

Beginning in April 2016, communities across the state of Arizona read and participate in discussions and programs centered around the ONEBOOKAZ winning titles. The winners in each category have their eBook published on, the statewide eBook platform as part of the Emerging Arizona Authors collection.

To promote the books, winning authors will tour libraries all over Arizona at author events, book discussions, and other related programming. The tour helps authors grow their fan base as well as talk about the book to fans and other aspiring authors throughout the state.

Marcia Fine, last year’s winner in the adult category, said, “[It was a] great experience meeting librarians and readers all over the state.”

ONEBOOKAZ is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information about ONEBOOKAZ or on the writing contest go online to or call 602-926-3604.



ONEBOOKAZ,, is supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Secretary of State; under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. ONEBOOKAZ is an exciting program that brings communities together through literature. ONEBOOKAZ strives to encourage writing, reading and thoughtful interaction with literature in digital formats.