Last week a brand new prize for Young Adult books in the UK and Ireland has been announced. The YA Book Prize has been launched by The Bookseller in association with story publishing site Movellas. The official press release states:
The prize is the first in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important unmet need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. Open to any young adult novel published in the UK or Ireland between 1st January and 31st December 2014, the prize will celebrate great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.
The judging panel, led by Eyre, comprises leading industry figures such as World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, Waterstones children’s buyer Melissa Cox, vlogger Rosianna Halse Rojas and freelance journalist Imogen Russell Williams.
Teen readers themselves will be involved in the judging process and five from across the UK and Ireland will be asked to vote for their top titles.
The adult judges will also pick their top three titles. Votes will be added up and the winner will be chosen out of the top three most popular books.
Submissions are now open and close on 31st October 2014. An internal panel will then choose the shortlist, which will be announced 1st December.
The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 19th March 2015.
This sounds like a really great development, there has been much discussion about the lack of a prize focused on young adult literature written by authors from the UK and Ireland so it’s great that The Bookseller has stepped up and launched this prize in response. More information can be found at the award website.