How to enter
Entries for the 2014 prize are now closed. Thank you for your entries.
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of good and accessible books that communicate science to young people. The Prize is offered thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
The Prize is for the best book that communicates science to young people (aged up to 14) in English. A shortlist of six books will be selected by an adult judging panel appointed by the Royal Society. The winner will be selected by groups of young people in judging panels across the UK.
The Royal Society is inviting publishers to submit entries for the 2014 Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize, which will celebrate the best books that communicate science to young people, first published in English in the calendar year of 2013.
- Each book entered must be submitted by the book’s publisher.
- Ensure you have read all the terms of entry on this page before submitting your entry/entries.
- For each book you are entering:
- Complete the full online entry form.
- Send seven copies (non-returnable) of each book,
- A separate form must be completed for each book.
- Books should be mailed to:
The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
to arrive by 6pm (GMT) on Friday 31 January 2014.
Courier contact for delivery: 020 7451 2500
Books require no cover note and may be sent directly from the warehouse.
- Science must be a substantial aspect of the book’s content, narrative or theme.
- By science, we include scientific knowledge and understanding, the practice of science, depictions of real scientists living or dead, and the history of science. We use science as shorthand for science, engineering, technology, medicine, mathematics, the relationship between science and broader society, and the social function and history of science.
- Judges will look for books they deem well-written, interesting, stimulating, engaging, accessible, and high-quality.
- Pure reference works including encyclopaedias, educational textbooks, and descriptive books are not eligible.
- The judges’ decision on the eligibility of an entry is final.
- Books in the same series may be judged together or separately, at the sole discretion of the judges.
- The first publication in English must have been between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013 inclusive for all books entered. The only exception is for any books in which any member of the judging panel has a direct involvement, which may be deferred for consideration in the following year.
- Books entered must be in the English language.
- Books entered must be available for purchase in the UK through a UK bookstore or through an online retailer at time of entry. Books that are in the process of being reprinted at the time of entry (eg as paperback when originally published as hardback) are acceptable.
- There is no restriction on the geographical location of the publisher of any entry. There are no restrictions on the nationality, age or any other characteristic of the author(s) or illustrator(s) of any entry.
- The copies entered must be paper-based and bound. For printed books we would expect the latest edition of the paperback or hardback. For eBooks we would expect the current edition of the eBook, printed and bound. Electronic book submissions will not be accepted.
- Publishers may submit as many books as they wish and are encouraged to do so.
- There is no charge to enter.
- The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014 (the Prize) will be awarded to the author(s) of a book that is judged to best meet with these terms of entry.
- Books must be submitted by the publisher.The submission of an author’s work by the publisher will be taken as agreement for their work to be considered.
- For 2014 Prizes of up to a total of £15,000 are awarded:
- A total of £10,000 is awarded to the author(s) of the winning book
- £1000 per book is awarded to the author(s) of up to five shortlisted books
- All the prize money will be awarded as described above. Where a book has more than one author/illustrator, the Royal Society will agree the allocation of the prize money with the publisher.
- The judging panel is appointed by the Royal Society. The judges’ decision is final.
- In the event of a book being shortlisted for a Prize, publishers agree that they will:
- Contribute up to 100 copies of the book to be used for the young people’s judging panels and for promoting the book and the Prize.
- Supply promptly upon notification of shortlisting: book synopsis, author biography, high-resolution electronic photographs of the author(s) and book cover cleared for perpetual, royalty-free use and distribution by the Society or its agents in any media and publicity associated with the Prize.
- In cooperation and agreement with the Royal Society press office, issue a press release to appropriate contacts about the book’s success in being shortlisted.
- Assist in securing the participation of shortlisted authors at the event announcing the winner, which will be held on a date to be advised. (Please note that the Prize is not able to provide accommodation or travel expenses for shortlisted authors to attend the prize ceremony.)
- Assist in ensuring shortlisted/winning authors are available for other public appearances and events to promote the Prize eg literary festivals, signings, on-line discussions and school activities, as and if they are arranged.
- Ensure shortlisted authors are available for appropriate levels of media activities ahead of the awards ceremony. The Royal Society will issue a briefing note on nomination to the shortlist advising the expected involvement required.
- Acknowledge the Prize in subsequent reprints, paperback editions and point of sale material of shortlisted and winning books.
- The winning title must mention The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize on the cover, rear or dust jacket on subsequent printings, including the paperback.
- The prize is managed by the Royal Society, to whom all enquiries about the application of these regulations should be addressed.
General enquiries about the Prize should be sent to
All media enquiries regarding the Prize should be directed to