YA prize submissions close in 10 days

YA prize submissions close in 10 days

The deadline for submissions to the Bookseller YA prize will close at the end of the month.

Publishers have until 31st October to enter books for the inaugural prize, which was announced at The Bookseller's Children's Conference last month.

The £2,000 prize is open to any YA title published in 2014 and written by an author living in the UK or Ireland and was created to celebrate the wealth of talent in British and Irish YA publishing.

Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller Group, said: “From the very first meetings with publishers and retailers it has been crystal clear that the prize is much needed and that The Bookseller is ideally placed to deliver it. We have one simple desire that underpins everything we do: we want more readers reading more books. The YA Book Prize gives us a wonderful opportunity to put that desire into practice.”

Once the submission period ends, an internal team will choose a shortlist of 8-10 books, which will be announced 5th December.

A panel of industry and teen judges, including author Philip Reeve, World Book Director Kirsten Grant and Waterstones children’s books buyer Melissa Cox, will then choose the winning title, which will be announced at a ceremony at Foyles on the 19th December.

Publishers who have not yet submitted can enter by completing an online submission form and sending six copies of each submitted title to The YA Book Prize, The Bookseller, Crowne House, 56-58 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN.