2018 Submission and Criteria

Information on eligibility, criteria, the judging process, and how to submit. These details are also included on the downloadable Submission Form.

Eligibility

  • There are four categories: Fiction for 4–7 years of age, Fiction for 7–11 years of age, Non-Fiction for 4–7 years of age and Non-Fiction for 7–11 years of age.
  • For the 2018 Awards, the book should have been published in the UK for the first time in 2017 (ie between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 inclusive). Books may have been previously published outside the UK.
  • There is no limit on the number of books that may be submitted, as long as each book meets the criteria.

What are we looking for?

Our winning books celebrate the unique marriage of picture and text. We are looking for books where word and image are of equal importance.  Submissions should demonstrate the synergy between high quality writing and imaginative well-crafted images, where each feeds and interacts with the other to create a book that will fully engage the reader in both its design and content. In addition:

Fiction 4–7 years of age:

The language should be appropriate to the age group, with illustration integral to the text and of artistic merit. We are not looking for Board Books.

Fiction 7–11 years of age:

The text should engage the older reader but the illustration should still be integral to the text and of artistic merit. Books illustrated with black or single colour line drawings will not be considered, unless they are part of an imaginative design concept for the whole book.

Non-Fiction 4–7 years of age:

Should excite the imagination of the younger reader. The information should be accurate, with language appropriate to the age group. The illustrations should communicate well, complementing and extending the language used. Illustrations may include photographs, but all images should be of high aesthetic quality and should interact with the text.

Non-Fiction 7–11 years of age:

Should show awareness of the level of knowledge of its readership and inspire them to discover more. The information should be accurate and appealing, with tone and style varied according to the type of information offered. The illustrations should communicate well, complementing and extending the text. Illustrations may include photographs, but all images should be of high aesthetic quality and should interact with the text.

We are committed to recognising excellence and in exceptional cases we may consider books which demonstrate the potential of the picture book but do not necessarily comply fully with all the criteria (eg The Arrival, by Shaun Tan – Award winner 2007 ). But note that this is the exception rather than the rule.

Previous Book Award Winners

The Judging Process

The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4–11, the journal for Primary teachers published jointly by the English Association and the United Kingdom Literacy Association, from a shortlist selected by a panel of teachers and Primary specialists. See bit.ly/EdBoard for current members of the English 4–11 Editorial Board.

Timetable for 2018 Awards:

Sun 21 January 2018: Deadline for submissions

Tue 10 April 2018: Shortlist announced

Wed 9 May 2018: Winners announced

Wed 23 May 2018: Awards presented to winners at the British Academy

Following the Awards presentation, a full colour poster of all the shortlisted and winning books is distributed to bookshops, libraries, publishers, school book suppliers and all subscribers to English 4-11.

To submit please send:

  • 1 copy of each book + Information sheet or Press Release
  • 2 copies of the completed Submission Form

to: Jen Parker Wooding, English 4–11 Awards, The English Association, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH

Notes

  • The English 4–11 Picture Book Awards are presented annually by the English Association.
  • There is no fee for submission and the English Association does not ask publishers for any financial contribution towards promotional material, including the full colour poster.
  • There is no limit on the number of submissions as long as they meet the criteria.
  • If your book is shortlisted we will ask for a further 4 copies to be sent to us.
  • Winning books will be entitled to use the English 4–11 Book Awards logo.

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