This week's announcement of the YA Book Prize should prove welcome news for both authors and fans of an area of literature that has seen huge growth in the 21st century. The inaugural award will be presented at Foyles next spring, after a shortlist released in December, with our Children's Buyer, Joanne Cocadiz among the judging panel.
On 25th September, The Bookseller announced the launch of the YA Book Prize, in association with Movellas . While there are several UK children's book prizes, up to this point there hasn't been any that focus specifically on young adult novels, so they created the YA Book Prize to celebrate the numerous YA novels written by authors from the UK and Ireland.
This is fantastic news. Although the UK and Ireland undoubtedly are home to so many talented YA authors, the YA market is full of books from US authors. If I'm honest, most of the YA novels I read are from American authors - out of the 45 YA books I've read so far this year, only four are from authors from the UK and Ireland. And if you browse books without looking into where authors are from, it can be difficult to spot the home grown novels amongst the American. Even with fantastic websites like UKYA and Project UKYA that promote books from authors living on our doorstep, if you don't know about them, these books can go under the radar.