Alabama Author Awards from the Alabama Library Association
Awards are based on literary merit. An honored author must be an Alabamian by
birth or have lived in Alabama for at least five (5) years. The book for which
the award is presented must have been published within the past three (3)
calendar years prior to the year of the Association Convention at which the
award is presented. Reprints of works originally published prior to the cutoff
year of the award are not eligible for consideration. An author’s body of work
is ineligible. An editor or translator may be considered if the book is of value
to the permanent record of the State. The honoree must be living.
From the ALABAMA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, INC. Handbook, p. 32.