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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 prize in the UK and Ireland 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), Sara Barnard's Goodbye, Perfect (2019) and Juno Dawson's Meat Market (2020).

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

Entry Form

The 2021 prize is open to a YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020. 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 2021 and the winner will be presented with a £2,000 prize and feature on the YA programme at Hay Festival.

To enter:

  • Read the terms and conditions.
  • Fill out the online entry form. Each title must be on a new form.
  • Send a PDF copy of each submitted title with the subject line 'YA Book Prize 2021 entry + the book's title' to Tamsin.Hackett@thebookseller.com. If you are not able to send the title in PDF format, please email Tamsin to make alternative arrangements.

Entries close on Tuesday 1st December 2020.

Terms and Conditions

The 2021 prize is open to an English language YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland, between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020. 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 2020. Books published in paperback in 2020 that were previously published in hardback in 2019 or earlier are not eligible.
Publishers of shortlisted books agree to make a contribution of £1,750 towards the general promotion of winning and shortlisted books. For shortlisted publishers with fewer than 10 employees the contribution will be reduced to £1,200.

Shortlisted publishers and authors agree to make themselves available for promotional activity around key points such as announcements of shortlisted and winning books. The publisher also agrees to send 20 more print copies of the shortlisted title to The Bookseller to be distributed to prize judges, shadowing schools and competition winners.
If publishers enter online but do not send a PDF (or fail to make alternative arrangements to send the book to The Bookseller team), 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.