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The New England Society Book Awards are designed to recognize books that honor New England culture and to help expand the audience for these books. The awards are presented by the New England Society in the City of New York (NES), one of the oldest social, charitable and cultural organizations in the United States. To qualify for consideration for the NES Book Awards, nominated titles must be about New England or set in New England.

The New England Society Book Awards are presented annually to the authors of books published the previous year. Books are nominated by the publishers and there are four categories for nominations: Fiction, Nonfiction, Art & Photography and Specialty Title. The NES Book Awards Committee oversees the selection process. Award Winners are announced in May and an Awards Luncheon is held in June. Award recipients receive a certificate and an NES Book Awards seal that can be placed or printed on the book, and used in all publicity materials.

2018 Program Timeline

  • Early Fall 2017: Nomination form released.
  • December 2017: Submission deadline
  • March 2018: Finalists announced.
  • May 2018: Winners announced.
  • June 2018: NES Book Awards Luncheon