Governor's Writers Day Awards at the Washington State Library, 1966-2000
Beginning in 1966, the Governor's Office and the Washington State Library sponsored a ceremony to recognize Washington's authors. In the beginning, the recognition was for the entire output of the author and independent of their most recent publication. Beginning in 1969, the list of recognized authors came from the previous year's publications. The Staff of the Washington/Northwest Room - now known as Special Collections - coordinated the Governor's Writers Day Awards, but the ceremony event involved virtually every department of the state library.
The list below contains each recipient, grouped by year, from 1966 until the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library assumed the responsibility for administration of the awards in 2000, then renamed the honor as the Washington State Book Awards, in 2001. Many of the award winning titles are a part of the Pacific Northwest Collection and available for circulation. Other titles are maintained in the Governor's Writers Award Collection and are available for review at the library's reading room in Tumwater, WA. In 2017, the Washington Center for the Book became a joint partnership between the Washington State Library and the Seattle Public Library. You may view recipients of the Washington State Book Awards, from 2001 to present-day, or review submission guidelines and access the entry form for the current award season, via the Washington Center for the Book resource page.
Jump to an Awards Year:
1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
List of Recipients, By Year Awarded:
Notes: * Prior to 1969 the awards were given to authors without mentioning specific book titles. The 1969 awards were for books published in 1968, and that pattern remains constant: awards in one year for books published the previous calendar year. ** Beginning in 1991, a new award, the Nancy Pryor Blankenship Award, honored a person who has given his or her vision and time to add to the cultural enrichment of this state and the Pacific Northwest. The award was named after the librarian most responsible for the development of the Washington Author Collection and the Governor's Writers Awards. The final award was presented to Mary Randlette, Photographer, of Olympia as part of the 2001 Washington State Book Awards. † 2000 is the final year that the award was known as the Governor's Writers Award, and is the first year that it was admnistered by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library. While not administered by the State Library, the awards for this year have been included for the sake of completeness.
# - no holdings at WSL; link redirects to author results at OCLC WorldCat