Waterstone's adds new categories to kid's book prize

Waterstone’s has extended its children’s book prize to include teen fiction and picture books, in addition to books for five to 12 year olds.

Waterstone’s spokesman Jon Howells said: “The children’s award had done very well for us in its previous eight years of existence but it was time to see how we could take it to the next level and make it more inclusive across the breadth of children’s publishing.”

The award will continue to focus on new or recently published authors and illustrators. Authors entered may have published a maximum of one title (worldwide, for adults or children) previously; authors who have written and illustrated picturebooks also may have had only one previously published title of any genre, excluding educational titles, to be eligible.

Publishers have until 23rd September to submit books published during 2011 for the 2012 award. They will need to provide 50 copies for longlisted titles and 300 copies of any titles shortlisted. The longlist will be selected by a panel of judges and will be announced in early October.

The shortlist, announced on 9th February, will be based on store votes as well as those of a central panel of judges. An in-store campaign for all shortlisted titles across the three categories will then run until the end of March, when the winners will be announced. The winning titles will be promoted instore through the Easter holidays.

There will be a prize of £2,000 for each category winner and an additional overall winner who will also receive £3,000.