The Bookseller has opened submissions for the YA Book Prize 2020.
The £2,000 award, which was launched in 2014, aims to recognise the best YA novel written by a British or Irish author published in this calendar year.
Last year’s prize went to Sara Barnard for her novel about the impact of a teacher-student relationship, Goodbye, Perfect (Macmillan Children's Books). Previous winners include debuts by Louise O’Neill and Patrice Lawrence.
Announcing the launch of the YA Book Prize 2020 at The Bookseller Children's Conference last week, chair Caroline Carpenter told delegates from the children's book trade: "We launched the YA Book Prize five years ago at this conference and since then we've celebrated 50 amazing YA books from the UK and Ireland, and crowned five brilliant winners. Now we're opening the search for this year's winning book. We look forward to reading your entries!"
To be eligible, books must be aimed at readers aged 16-24 and written by an author resident in the UK or Ireland. Self-published titles are not eligible and entries must be made by publishers.
Each publisher is allowed to enter up to four titles per imprint or company and the closing date for submissions is Friday 29th November.
Full entry details and terms and conditions can be found on the new-look YA Book Prize website.