Awards and prizes
From teaming up with Blue Peter to honour the books young people love to finding the best international children's fiction, our prizes and awards celebrate writing from the UK and beyond.
Our awards and prizes promote titles to a wide audience, bringing new releases to the public's attention and getting readers to engage with different types of books.
They also support writers and illustrators, rewarding them for their endeavours, and celebrate children's books and writers as an important 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; the BookTrust Storytime prize and also the In Other Words prize for children's fiction in translation.
The Blue Peter Book Awards celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators and the greatest reads for children. Read all about the winning titles in 2020.
This new prize celebrates and promotes the best books for sharing with young children. We are looking for books which have wide appeal to parents and carers across our diverse nation, and for stories which can be read and enjoyed over and over again.
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.
Find out more about the Sainsbury's Children's Book Awards, held in partnership with BookTrust, which aim to encourage families to enjoy reading together.
In Other Words is a prize to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children's literature from around the world.
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was set up to celebrate excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.
The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000.
The BBC Young Writers Award launched in 2014 as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust.
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.
The Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award, held in 2008 and 2011, celebrated the best rising talent in the field of children’s illustration.
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 is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.