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Information for publishers

The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize aims to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of excellent, accessible books that communicate science to young people. Once shortlisted by a panel of expert adult judges, the reins are handed over to judging panels made up of school and youth groups across the UK. The Prize is awarded to the best book that communicates science to young people (aged up to 14) in English.

The call for entries for this year's prize is now closed. New entries will be accepted from November this year. To register your interest for 2019, get in touch with us at

How is the prize judged?

A shortlist of 6 books will be selected by an adult judging panel appointed by the Royal Society. The winner will then be selected by groups of young people in judging panels across the UK. They form their own judging panels, discuss the books and, as a whole, decide the winner of the prize.

Timeline for publishers

Date Details
December  Call for publisher entries opens
February Call for publisher entries closes
Call for judging panels opens
April Call for judging panels closes
May Shortlist announced
Shortlisted books and judging packs sent out to judging panels
May - October Judging panels judge the books
Young People's Book Prize events take place across the country
October Deadline for results from judging panels
November Winner announced at the Young People's Book Prize award ceremony
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