YoungMinds opens for submission

<p>Submissions for the YoungMinds 2010 book award prize are now being called for, with the deadline for nominations 24th April.<br /><br />Books must be works of fiction or biography for young people aged 12+, published between 1st June 2009 and 31st May 2010, which encourage self-esteem and help them to cope with the stresses and challenges of growing up. </p><p>The &pound;2,000 prize, which is sponsored by the national reading charity Booktrust, will be presented at an awards ceremony in November 2010. <br /><br />YoungMinds chief executive Sarah Brennan said: &quot;This special award highlights the vital role books play in promoting the mental and emotional well being of young people. Books can really help to break the isolation experienced by young people and demonstrate that their feelings and problems are not unique.&quot;<br /><br />Last year&rsquo;s winner, Chris Higgins for her book <em>A Perfect Ten</em> (Hodder Children&#39;s Books), said she hoped her title would &quot;provide insight and understanding into both bullies and their victims, and show that these two apparently contradictory roles have more in common than we think&quot;.</p>