YA Book Prize launches for 2021

YA Book Prize launches for 2021

The YA Book Prize, which aims to recognise the best Young Adult fiction from the UK and Ireland, has re-opened for submissions.

Last year’s £2,000 prize went to Juno Dawson for her exposé of the fashion industry Meat Market (Quercus Children's Books). Previous winners include debuts by Louise O’Neill and Patrice Lawrence.

To be eligible for the YA Book Prize 2021, titles must be published in this calendar year, aimed at readers aged 16-24 and written by an author resident in the UK or Ireland. Self-published books 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 Tuesday 1st December.

The prize was launched as part of The Bookseller Children's Conference, which has been hosted virtually this week with speakers including Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s in the US, actress and social media star Carrie Hope Fletcher and children's authors and illustrators including Dapo Adeola, Nathan Bryon and Katherine Rundell.

The YA Book Prize was launched in 2014 by The Bookseller and is run in partnership with Hay Festival. More information about the award, including full entry details and terms and conditions, can be found on the YA Book Prize website