The YA Book Prize launched in 2014 to award a YA title written by an author living in the UK or Ireland.
It is the first UK and Ireland prize to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. The prize celebrates great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.
Previous winners of the prize are Louise O'Neill's Only Ever Yours (2015), Sarah Crossan's One (2016), Patrice Lawrence's Orangeboy (2017), Will Hill's After the Fire (2018) and Sara Barnard's Goodbye, Perfect (2019) .
The prize is organised by book trade magazine The Bookseller and it is run in partnership with Hay Festival. The shortlist is selected by a team at The Bookseller and the winner is selected by a panel of expert and teenage judges, who are asked to pick the book they believe is the best-written and that they would be most likely to share with young adults.
How to Apply
The 2020 prize is open to a YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019. The author must have been living in the UK or Ireland for at least six months prior to publication.
A shortlist of 10 titles will be announced in spring 2020 and the winner will be presented with a £2,000 prize at next year’s ‘Hay YA’ - the YA programme at Hay Festival.
- Read the terms and conditions.
- Fill out the online entry form. Each title must be on a new form.
- Send 5 copies of each submitted title to: The YA Book Prize, The Bookseller, 10th Floor, Westminster Tower, 3 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7SP.
Entries close on Friday, 29th November 2019.
Terms and Conditions
The 2020 prize is open to an English language YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland, between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019. The author must have been living in the UK or Ireland for at least six months prior to publication.
Submissions are only accepted from publishing houses.
Books with more than one author are eligible as long as all authors are resident in the UK or Ireland.
All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
Self-published titles, non-fiction, anthologies and graphic novels are not eligible. Books published as part of a series are eligible but must work as a standalone title.
All books must be first published in either hardback or paperback in 2019. Books published in paperback in 2019 that were previously published in hardback in 2018 or earlier are not eligible.
If a book is shortlisted, the publisher will commit to contributing £1,750 per shortlisted title to marketing and promotion costs, or £1,200 per title for publishers with fewer than 10 employees. The publisher will also send 15 more copies of the shortlisted title to The Bookseller. If publishers enter online but do not send 5 copies of the book to The Bookseller office, that title will be considered ineligible.
Publishers can enter no more than four titles per imprint or publishing house.
If you have any further enquiries, please email Caroline Carpenter.