Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2014

Latest update 'Roald Dahl Funny Prize on hold'

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize ran from 2008 to 2013, with the aims of promoting laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, drawing attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books, and rewarding authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. The Prize is currently on pause.

After six successful years, Booktrust and the Roald Dahl Literary Estate have paused the Roald Dahl Funny Prize until 2016 when it will re-launch as part of the Roald Dahl Centenary celebrations. The overwhelming success of the Prize warrants a review of future options in light of the increasing popularity of the awards.

 

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize was launched in 2008 in association with Michael Rosen, Children's Laureate 2007-9, with the aim of drawing attention to funny children's books.

 

Booktrust CEO, Viv Bird, says:

 

'The Roald Dahl Funny Prize has been a phenomenal triumph so this year we want to work with the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Michael Rosen to appraise the options so that we can secure a robust future for this unique celebration of funny books.

 

'The 900 children involved in the judging process over the last three years have told us how much they love humorous books, so we'll be looking at how we might extend this participation to reach more children and young people, giving them a greater voice in choosing their favourite funny books in the future.'

 

Former Children's Laureate and Chair of Judges, Michael Rosen, comments:

 

'When I was Children's Laureate I wanted to put a special emphasis on reading for fun. With the help of Booktrust and the Roald Dahl family I set up the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. I did this because funny books often get overlooked when it comes to prizes. It's usually felt that they should reward serious books. My own view is that many funny books tackle serious issues in a funny way, and that being funny is one extremely good way to engage children's interest in reading. 

 

'In the six years the Prize has been running, we've celebrated 72 funny books across two age categories, rewarding 87 authors and illustrators. I think this list of books is a great resource to make children, parents and teachers smile, giggle and laugh.' 

 

Luke Kelly, MD Dahl & Dahl, comments:

 

'We are delighted with the success that the Roald Dahl Funny Prize has achieved in a fairly short amount of time. The Prize has paid tribute to many fantastically talented, inventive and mischievous storytellers - whether they tell their stories through words or pictures or indeed both. We look forward to working alongside Michael Rosen and Booktrust to make the Prize even more impactful going forward. It seems entirely fitting to re-launch the prize in 2016 - the year in which we will be celebrating Roald Dahl's Centenary.'

 

In the meantime, Funny Prize followers should look out for events featuring the Prize's writers and illustrators, online promotion of humorous books for children, and the ninth Roald Dahl Day, taking place on Saturday 13th September. The celebrations this year pay tribute to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which is celebrating its 50th Whipple-Scrumptious year in print.  Fans of funny can take a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum or the Charlie or Matilda musicals, tune into Puffin Virtually Live with Quentin Blake and Michael Rosen, visit Michael Rosen as Guest Director at Cheltenham Literature Festival in October, or delve into Lucy Mangan's new Inside the Chocolate Factory. There are plenty of ways to have a love-in with laughter.

About the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2014

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize ran from 2008 to 2013, with the aims of promoting laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading, drawing attention to funny books as readable and enjoyable books, and rewarding authors and illustrators who write and illustrate books using humour. The Prize is currently on pause.

 

Books were awarded in two categories: Funniest Book for Children Aged Six and Under and Funniest Book for Children Aged Seven to Fourteen, with a shortlist of six titles in each category. The winner of each category received £2,500, which was presented at an awards ceremony, held in 2013 at the Cambridge Theatre in London, home to the Royal Shakespeare Company's multi award-winning production of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical.

 

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We are not currently accepting entries to the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.

 

For reference the 2013 terms & conditions and entry form are below.

 

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Terms and Conditions

Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 Entry Form

 

If you have any questions, please contact Booktrust on rdfp@booktrust.org.uk