Awards and prizes

From teaming up with Blue Peter to honour the books young people love to the search to find the best international children's fiction, our prizes and awards celebrate the best writing from the UK and beyond.

Raymond Briggs at the Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonyThe prizes and awards we run cover a wide range of genres and themes for children and celebrate individual books as well as a whole lifetime's achievement in literature.

BookTrust Prizes and Awards promote titles to a wide audience, bringing new releases to the public's attention and providing access points for readers to engage with different types of books. Our prizes support writers and illustrators, rewarding them for their endeavours, and celebrate books and writers as an integral part of the UK's arts and culture landscape.

Below, you can discover the current range of prizes we are involved with, including the Blue Peter Book Awards, the BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award, and the BookTrust In Other Words prize, celebrating children's fiction in translation.

Current prizes

Blue Peter Book Awards

The Blue Peter Book Awards celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children.

In Other Words

In Other Words is a project to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children's literature from around the world.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a children's writer or illustrator whose body of work merits recognition for a lifetime's achievement in children's literature.

BBC National Short Story Award

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000.

Children's Laureate

The role of Children’s Laureate is awarded once every two years to an eminent writer or illustrator of children’s books to celebrate outstanding achievement in their field.

Lauren Child is the Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-2019 after being honoured at a special ceremony in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

Previous Laureates include Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Julia Donaldson, Anthony Browne, Michael Rosen, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Anne Fine and Quentin Blake.

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Prizes archive

Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.

BBC Young Writers Award

The BBC Young Writers Award launched in 2014 as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust.

BookTrust Best Book Awards

The Book Trust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle, which took place in 2014, sought to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer.

BookTrust Best New Illustrators Award

The Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award, held in 2008 and 2011, celebrated the best rising talent in the field of children’s illustration.

Roald Dahl Funny Prize

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize ran from 2008 to 2013 and aimed to promote laughter and humour as a feel-good factor when reading.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK.

Other archived prizes

BookTrust has been involved with a number of prizes over the years, including the David Cohen Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, the BookTrust Early Years Awards, the BookTrust Teenage Prize, the Nestlé Children's Book Prize, New Writing Ventures, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Orange Award for New Writers, the Power of Reading Award and the YoungMinds Award.

For information about any of these prizes, please email digital@booktrust.org.uk.