The National Book Foundation was founded in 1950 with the idea being celebrating excellence in writing. Writers judge and try to choose the best examples of writing in recently published books each year.
You can read more about their history here.
“By 1984 the Board had reduced the number of awards categories to three and, in 1987, reestablished the National Book Awards with an emphasis that the Awards are given by writers to writers. Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.”
These awards are exciting for writers, because it’s a huge honor and can introduce their work to a ton of new readers. The awards are also exciting for readers because it gives us all some perspective on who is writing really good books, and allows us to cheer for any authors we’re familiar with who are finalists or winners.
Which would you vote for if you were one of the judges?