About

The YA Book Prize launched in 2014 to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland.

It is the first UK and Ireland prize to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.

In 2015 the prize partnered with Little Tiger’s fiction imprint, Stripes, to find an unpublished writer to contribute a story to I'll Be Home for Christmas, Stripes' UKYA anthology to mark its 10th anniversary, which raised money for homeless charity Crisis. Tracy Darnton, a graduate of the Bath Spa MA in writing for young people, won the competition.

How to enter

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 PRIZE

The 2017 prize is open to a YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. The author must have been living in the UK or Ireland for at least six months prior to publication.

To enter:

    Read the terms and conditions.
    Fill out the online entry form. Each title must be on a new form.
    Send 10 copies of each submitted title to:
    The YA Book Prize, The Bookseller, Crowne House, 56-58 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN.

Terms and conditions

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2017 PRIZE

The 2017 prize is open to a YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2016. The author must have been living in the UK or Ireland for at least six months prior to publication.

Submissions are only accepted from publishing houses.

Books with more than one author are eligible as long as all authors are resident in the UK or Ireland.

All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.

Self-published titles, non-fiction and graphic novels are not eligible.

All books must be first published in either hardback or paperback in 2016. Books published in paperback in 2016 that were previously published in hardback in 2015 or earlier are not eligible.

If a book is shortlisted, the publisher will commit to contributing £1,750 per shortlisted title to marketing and promotion costs, or £1,500 per title for publishers with fewer than 10 employees. The publisher will also send 10 more copies of the shortlisted title to The Bookseller. If publishers enter online but do not send 10 copies of the book to The Bookseller office, that title will be considered ineligible.

Publishers can enter no more than four titles per imprint or publishing house.

If you have any further enquiries, please email Caroline Carpenter.

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