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, nonfiction, and Children's Books. 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.

Learn About the CNY Book Awards Nomination Process


Join us as we honor the books published by CNY authors in 2022, and announce the winners of the Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children’s Books awards, as well as the Nine Mile Community Award.

The CNY Philanthropy Center Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY
Thursday, October 5, 2023
6:00pm - 8:00pm 

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Questions? Contact director Phil Memmer at (315) 474-6851 x328, or email pmemmer@ymcacny.org.