YA Book Prize teams up with Hay Festival

YA Book Prize teams up with Hay Festival

The Bookseller is teaming up with the Hay Festival for next year’s YA Book Prize, whose submissions open today.  

The Bookseller launched the 2016 prize at its children’s conference in London today (29th September), alongside the winner of the 2015 prize, Louise O’Neill. Submissions are now open, meaning publishers have until the 4th December 2015 to submit YA books written by authors resident in the UK or Ireland.

A shortlist of 10 titles will be announced in February and the winner will presented with £2,000 at next year’s ‘Hay YA’ - the YA programme at Hay-On-Wye Festival. The festival’s director Peter Florence will also act as one of the judges.

Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller, said: "We were really keen to build on the fantastic first year of the YA Book Prize. The Bookseller created the prize to help build an audience for great UK & Irish teen books. Coming together with the Hay Festival gives this aim a massive boost. It takes the YA Book Prize on to a whole new level."

The full judging panel, comprising teen readers and industry experts, will be announced in the autumn.

This year’s prize is open to any YA novel written by an author resident in Ireland or the UK and published between 1st January and 31st December 2015. To enter, publishers must enter their details online on the YA Book Prize 2016 website and send 10 copies of each title to: The YA Book Prize, The Bookseller, Crowne House, 56-58 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN.

Entry limits are set at four books per publisher or imprint.