CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature
Now Open for Submissions
2018 National Competitions Deadline: March 31, 2018
2019 Grand Prize Competition Deadline: March 31, 2019
2018 National Competitions
CODE is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 CODE’s Burt Award for Ethiopian Young Adult Literature; CODE’s Burt Award for Ghanaian Young Adult Literature; CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature; and CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature.
Published and unpublished English language, young adult works of fiction (novels or short story collections), selected nonfiction, and graphic novels are eligible. Writers, illustrators, and translators must be citizens of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, or Tanzania, by birth or naturalization, including those living outside of their countries of origin. Only eligible publishers operating in one of the participating countries may submit titles for consideration.
One title per country will be named the national winner; its creator(s) to receive a prize of $1,000 CAD. The publisher of the winning title will receive a guaranteed purchase of 3,000 copies, which CODE will donate to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs in its country of origin. The national winner and up to four finalists from each national competition will then move on to the 2019 grand prize. In total, up to 20 entries may be considered for the grand prize.
All submissions to the 2018 national competitions must be received by local implementing partners by March 31, 2018. The national winners will be announced in September 2018.
2019 Grand Prize Competition
The 2018 national winners and finalists are eligible for the 2019 grand prize competition. Any manuscript submissions to the grand prize must be fully edited and ready for publication. The grand prize will be awarded to an outstanding work of English-language, young adult literature by an author, illustrator (if applicable), and translator (if applicable) from either Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, or Tanzania. Only eligible publishers operating in one of the participating countries may submit titles for consideration.
The winning creator(s) will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD and the honour book creator(s) will receive $2,000 CAD. Up to three finalists will each receive a cash prize of $1,000 CAD. CODE will make a guaranteed purchase of up to 12,000 copies of each winner and honour book and the respective publishers will each receive a $2,000 CAD grant to support the promotion of these titles. The books will be donated to schools, libraries, community centres, and NGOs in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, and feature in CODE’s Read with Me campaign.
Only winners and finalists of the 2018 national competitions are eligible for the grand prize. The deadline for submissions to the 2019 grand prize is March 31, 2019. The shortlist for the grand prize will be announced in July 2019, and the winner and honour book will be announced at a gala celebration in September 2019.
Download the 2018 – 2019 National Prizes and Grand Prize Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
These guidelines are also available from CODE’s local implementing partner in the participating countries:
CODE’s Burt Award for Kenyan Young Adult Literature
National Book Development Council of Kenya
Golf Course Phase 1, Ngobit Estate, House No. 116B, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 10904-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
+254 770 108556
CODE’s Burt Award for Tanzanian Young Adult Literature
Children’s Book Project for Tanzania
Kijitonyama Area, Plot No. 271, Block 44, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
+ 255 222 773 392