Love Young Adult fiction? Love Irish and UK writers? Well, you’re bound to love the YA Book Prize then.
Produced by The Bookseller in association with story publishing site Movellas, the prize is the first in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults.
It’s open to any young adult novel published in the UK or Ireland between January 1st and 31st December 2014 and you can get full details about submissions (PLUS check out the judging panel) on the official YA Book Prize website.
As a 24-year-old bookworm who lives in the young adult section I’m particularly excited about this award. I’ve spent many a day and night lost in the pages of a YA title, from Melvin Burgess’ Junk (the first YA novel I ever read) to Irish gems like Fallen Star and Ruth Gilligan’s Forget.
There has been plenty of room for the big franchise titles in there too: The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and of course, The Twilight Saga (even if I wasn’t so keen on that one) all hold court on my bookshelves.
That considered, I’ve decided to celebrate all things YA in November by dedicating a weekly to my favourite YA novels throughout the month. It’ll be a bit of a break from those daily Book A Day UK videos I’ve been flooding your Twitter feeds with anyway.
If that sounds like something you’d be interested in then be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and join me every YA Friday for a chat about the best books I’ve read and the most exciting YA projects hitting bookshelves and cinema screens.
I’m open to suggestions about themes and titles so you’ve got until the end of October to get your comments in.
Until next time, happy reading!