The YA Book Prize (UK)


Good morning, everyone!! Were you aware that it’s contest time!?

I have recently received a notification from The Bookseller (a website I definitely recommend to all bookworms) about a wonderful new contest that is in the works. I know the announcement comes a little bit late, but I didn’t get it myself until a few days ago! And if you have some interesting YA draft hanging somewhere, this could be your chance to showcase it 🙂

Want to know the bases and how to enter? Please do go on reading!

Taken from the The Bookseller e-mail:


We’ve re-opened our search for the best YA novel of the year from the UK and Ireland!

We launched the YA Book Prize back in 2014 to champion the breadth and brilliance of YA by authors in the UK and Ireland and we have seen it go from strength to strength. We crowned the fantastic Patrice Lawrence as the 2017 winner in a sold-out event at the Hay Festival for her debut novel, the timely thriller Orangeboy (Hodder Children’s Books).

We’re excited to open entries for the 2018 prize for books published in 2017 and can’t wait to see which books are submitted.

To be eligible, entries must be:

– Published either in hardback or paperback for the first time between 1st January and 31stDecember 2017

– A novel aimed at YA readers (16 and over)

– Written by an author resident in the UK or Ireland who was resident for at least six months prior to publication

This year, as with every year, we are looking for the books that YA readers are most likely to want to (A) read and (B) recommend to their friends. We also want a shortlist that is as diverse as possible – so please do send in a mix of genres and types of stories.

To enter, all you have to do is fill in the form here with all the relevant details.

You will also need to send 10 copies of every book entered to The Bookseller, Floor 10, Westminster Tower, London, SE1 7SP .

The deadline for entries is 8th December 2017.

Full terms and conditions are on the YA Book Prize website, including marketing and publicity financial commitments for shortlisted books. If you have any queries please get in touch by emailing

The shortlist will be announced in the spring, and the winner will be revealed at the Hay Festival 2018.

We look forward to reading your entries!


Caroline Carpenter
Acting Children’s Editor,
The Bookseller

Interesting, isn’t it? You can learn more about past editions by clicking here.

So what do you think? Are you going to enter? 🙂


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