Angus Book Award
Nominations, Aims, Eligibility and Criteria
Nominations for the Angus Book Award 2014 are now closed.
We are now accepting nominations for the Angus Book Award 2015.
We will accept publications that are published for the first time in paperback between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2014.
The deadline for submitting is 30th June 2014.
The author must reside in the UK and be able to attend the award ceremony in May 2015.
Over and above the eligible titles we identify and purchase through the school library service, we are asking publishers to bring to our attention any publications that they think are eligible. Please send one or two copies for reviewing purposes.
For further information please see FAQs or contact Kevin Reid on firstname.lastname@example.org
Will we be informed if our nominations have been successful or not?
Unfortunately we are unable to respond to all nominations. However, if any of the titles you nominate are selected for the long list we will contact you.
Are proof copies acceptable?
Yes, we will accept proof copies of eligible titles with an indication of final publication date.
Is there a charge for nominations?
No, there is no charge for nominations.
Is there a limit to how many titles we can submit?
No, there is no limit to how many titles you can submit.
- To provide a focus for promoting reading for enjoyment by teenagers in Angus
- To promote a reading ethos within Angus secondary schools
- To give both committed and less enthusiastic readers the opportunity to engage with new, rewarding and accessible books for teenagers
- To give pupils experience of sharing their views on books in class and group discussions
- To raise the profile of a range of authors from across the UK, and give pupils the opportunity to meet them, believing that this motivates pupils to read and helps them to develop their own potential as writers
- To empower pupils through their active involvement in the selection process, discussion, voting and the ceremony
- To support teachers and library staff in keeping abreast of new teenage fiction
- To promote links between secondary schools, the Educational Resources Service and the public libraries
- To raise the profile of Angus Council
The book must be a work of teenage fiction appropriate for the 13/15 year old age group, published in a first paperback edition between July and June of the previous year and written by an author living and working in the UK.
In selecting books for the shortlist, readers should bear in mind the main aims of the award. Shortlisted books should fulfil one or more of the following criteria, in addition to being a good read:
- How well literary aspects such as plot, characterisation, setting, style and language are developed
- Whether the book gives the reader an insight into their own and others’ experiences
- How well a theme is treated, particularly for sensitive issues
- The extent to which the book stimulates the imagination and encourages creativity
The shortlist, in reflecting the aims of the award, should offer balance in terms of themes and level of difficulty.
Final inclusion in the shortlist is dependent upon the author being prepared to visit schools and to attend the award ceremony and sufficient copies of the title being available for purchase for participating schools and libraries.