Oscar's First Book Prize opens for entries

Oscar's First Book Prize opens for entries

The Evening Standard has launched the Oscar’s First Book Prize 2016 and is inviting UK publishers to submit entries.

The £5,000 prize is sponsored by Waitrose and will be awarded for the best first book for children aged five or under published in 2015.

The prize, now in its third year, was set up in memory of Oscar Ashton, the son of Evening Standard columnist James Ashton, who was three-and-a-half when he died from an undetected heart condition in December 2012.

The 2016 judges will be HRH Pricess Beatrice of York; Rebecca Nicolson, publisher and co-founder of Short Books; Nicky Dunne, chariman of Heywood Hill Books; Rupert Thomas, marketing director of Waitrose; and James Ashton and Viveka Alvestrand, Oscar’s parents.

UK publishers may submit up to three books per imprint. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 18th March 2016.

A shortlist of the best five books will be announced in April and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on May 23rd  2016.

Last year’s prize was won by Steve Antony for The Queen’s Hat (Hodder Children's).