The CNY BOOK AWARDS

announcing the 2018 cny book awards


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, and nonfiction. 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 in November.

the 2018 awards RECEPTION:

Thursday, November 8th, 6:00 PM
CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette St.
Tickets: $75 per person. Proceeds support the programs of the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center and the Arts Branch of the YMCA, and a portion of your ticket price is tax deductible.

Order online here:



You can also call 315-474-6851 x328 to order tickets by phone, or send checks payable to YMCA to: Arts Branch of the YMCA, 340 Montgomery St., Syracuse, NY 13202


Nominations for the 2018 CNY Book Awards are now closed. Applications for the 2019 Awards will open in spring 2019. Watch this space for details.



CONGRATS TO THE 2017 CNY BOOK award winners!


The 2017 CNY Book Awards were announced at a reception at the CNY Philanthropy Center on Thursday, November 9th. The list of winning authors and their books is on the right of this page!