Opening the door to new young book prize judges
We all know that there are book prizes of all shapes and sizes: genre-specific awards from organizations like the CWA and RNA (and speaking of – Mary Nichols just been shortlisted for the RoNA Rose Award!); debut awards that shine a light on exciting and fresh new authors; the literary equivalents of those slightly po-faced ‘lifetime achievement’ film and TV awards that confer National Treasure™ status; and then there is the big kahuna – the Man Booker. But, in my experience, judging panels don’t come in all shapes and sizes. Distinguished and erudite they may be, critics and authors in the same field perhaps, but when I saw that the Royal Society were seeking help with the judging of their Young People’s Book Prize, and were looking to involve groups of young people, I couldn’t help by say ‘bravo’. What a great initiative.
Lesley-Anne Crooks, Sales & DIgital Manager