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Earlier in the year The Bookseller published an article about the wide number of children’s book prizes in the UK. But something soon became very clear; there was no prize for British and Irish YA authors.

Now they have decided to fill the gap in the market with The Bookseller YA Book Prize. Submissions are open until 31st October and they are looking for the best YA fiction books for Teenagers and Young Adults published this year from authors in the UK and Ireland.

In December The Bookseller will publish a shortlist of the best books submitted to reflect the wide diversity of YA books available today; from dystopian and sci-fi literature to comedy, horror or drama. Expert teen readers and industry judges will then choose their favourite title and the winner will be presented with a £2,000 prize at a ceremony at Foyles on 19th March 2015.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The prize is open to a YA fiction title first published in print form in the UK or Ireland between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014.
  • 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.
  • Self-published titles are not eligible.
  • All books entered must have a registered ISBN number or equivalent.
  • All books must be first published in either hardback or paperback in 2014. Books published in paperback in 2014 that were previously published in hardback in 2013 or earlier are not eligible.
  • If a book is shortlisted, the publisher will commit to paying £1,500 towards marketing and promotion costs. The publisher will also send 10 more copies of the shortlisted title.
  • Publishers can enter no more than three different titles per imprint and no more than six titles per publishing house.

For further information go to: http://www.thebookseller.com