Charlie Brinkhurst-CuffEditor-in-chief at gal-dem magazine
Caroline CarpenterYA Book Prize chair & The Bookseller’s deputy features editor
Rachel FoxChildren and schools programme director, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Will HillAuthor and screenwriter
Layla HudsonDirector of Round Table Books
Sanne VliegenthartBook YouTuber and social media producer
- Charlie Brinkhurst-CuffEditor-in-chief at gal-dem magazine
Charlie is the editor-in-chief at gal-dem magazine, a Guardian freelancer and a former weekend editor and writer at Dazed. She has written columns for the Observer, ipaper and Metro and freelances for a variety of publications. Charlie is also the editor of the books Black Joy and Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children, and she is a co-host of "Growing up with gal-dem", one of the fastest growing podcasts in the UK.
YA literature was the guiding force of my teenage-hood, and still what I turn to in moments of nostalgia and peace. As I embark on my own YA writing project, it is such a privilege to be able to read through these brilliant prize entries!
- Caroline CarpenterYA Book Prize chair & The Bookseller’s deputy features editor
Caroline is the chair of the YA Book Prize and deputy features editor at The Bookseller, as well as being a co-host of children's book radio show Down the Rabbit Hole. She has worked at The Bookseller since 2013, following publishing internships and a stint at The Voice newspaper, and is also the author of Guide to the Hunger Games.
This year’s YA Book Prize shortlist offers teenagers and young adults a brilliant list of novels to engage and entertain them, from fast-paced thrillers to get their brains ticking to stories about love and friendship that will warm their hearts.
- Rachel FoxChildren and schools programme director, Edinburgh International Book Festival
Rachel is the Children and Schools Programme Director at Edinburgh International Book Festival where she is responsible for creating a dynamic programme of events for young people of all ages. Before this, she worked at Pan Macmillan, Tate, Faber & Faber and the Southbank Centre, where she programmed their first ever Young Adult Literature Festival.
I’m delighted to be judging this year’s YA Book Prize, though with the calibre of YA fiction out there I know it’s not going to be easy to pick one winner!
- Will HillAuthor and screenwriter
Will Hill is an award-winning author and screenwriter. His most recent novel, After The Fire, won the 2018 YA Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.
It's a great honour to be judging the YA Book Prize this year - the shortlist demonstrates the strength and diversity of YA fiction in 2021, and I'm looking forward to reading the books every bit as much as I'm not looking forward to having to choose a winner...
- Layla HudsonDirector of Round Table Books
Layla is the director of Round Table Books, an inclusive children's bookshop based in Brixton. She has a passion for diversity in children’s books, LGBTQ+ fiction, and making sure that all children have representation in books. When she’s not reading through a huge pile of books, she’s finding stories elsewhere; through movies, video games and more.
It's an absolute honour to be on the judging panel of an award I have adored for years! There is a wealth of talent in the UKYA scene, and I can't wait to start discussing these wonderful shortlisted books with my fellow judges.
- Sanne VliegenthartBook YouTuber and social media producer
Sanne has been creating videos about books on YouTube for over 10 years and is also a freelance social media producer and event host working in the publishing industry.
I've been following the YA Book Prize since the very start and am so excited to be a part of it this year as a judge! I can't wait to dive into the shortlist and hope lots of people will join us in reading along.