The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is now inviting submissions for the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. These annual awards recognise and celebrate the best books for young readers published in New Zealand. Titles with release dates between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 will be considered for the 2022 awards.
There are two submission dates. Publishers are asked to observe the guidelines for sending entries in two tranches, which are in place for ease of sending to judges. Submissions are now open for books published between 1 April 2021 and 30 November 2021, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 14 December 2021. For books published between 1 December 2021 and 31 March 2022, submissions open on 15 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 11 February 2022.
For books in the second tranche, page proofs will be accepted where books are not yet printed. In such cases, finished books must arrive with the Awards Administrator, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Attention: Joy Sellen, 72 Te Wharepōuri Street, Wellington 6023 – by 5pm on Friday 11 March 2022.
The judges of the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults will be announced in December, and their shortlist will be made public on 2 June 2022. The awards ceremony is planned for the first part of August 2022 in Wellington.
The New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are supported by Creative New Zealand, HELL Pizza, the Wright Family Foundation, LIANZA, Wellington City Council and Nielsen Book, and are administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.