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How to enter the Young People's Book Prize

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Entries for 2018's Young People's Book Prize are now closed. Please check back in December 2018 for information about how to enter your title.

Entries for the 2018 prize are now closed. Please check back in December for updates.

For any queries relating to your entry, please email

To enter:

Each book entered must be submitted by the book’s publisher. Before submitting your titles, please ensure you have read all the terms of entry on this page before submitting your entry/entries.

For each book you are entering:

  1. Complete the full online entry form. A separate form must be completed for each individual title submitted for the prize. 
  2. Send seven (non-returnable) copies of each books. Books require no cover note and may be sent directly from the warehouse.
  3. Books should be mailed to:

The Royal Society 

Young People’s Book Prize6-9 Carlton House Terrace



United Kingdom

Deadline for submissions will be 5pm Wednesday 6 February 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 2018 and 31 December 2018 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 2019 (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 2018 Prizes of up to a total of £22,500 are awarded:
  • A total of £10,000 is awarded to the winning author(s)
  • £2,500 per book is awarded to the author(s) of up to five shortlisted books
  • All the prize money will be awarded as described above. 
  • The term ‘author(s)’, in reference to the Prize, and within the Prize regulations, refers broadly to all those who contributed to the creation of the book. This can include authors, illustrators and any other contributors.
  • Where a book has multiple contributors the publisher has responsibility to agree the allocation of the prize money with all involved parties.
  • 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 75 copies of the book to be used for the young people’s judging panels and for promoting the book and the Prize.
  • Have, in addition to the above 75 copies, at least 400 copies available in May 2019.
  • 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

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