Submissions Open for the Blogger's Book Prize 2021

A prize championed and voted for by book bloggers and reading groups, the Blogger’s Book Prize, powered by NB Magazine, is now open for submissions – publishers are encouraged to submit fiction books first published in 2020 in paperback or hardback! 

The prize is powered by NB Magazine – an independent, literary and quarterly magazine – and will draw upon the magazine’s supportive network of book bloggers and reading groups. Book bloggers will help filter submitted titles, voting for their favourites, and narrowing submissions down into a shortlist of six. Each shortlisted book will then be championed by a shortlisted book blogger and will enter into an online voting campaign to determine the winning blogger and book to claim the Blogger’s Book Prize 2021 title.

The author of the winning book will be awarded a cash prize of £500 – the blogger who successfully championed that book will be awarded a cash prize of £500 also.

 

Last year's prize

Last year, then known as NB Book Blogger’s Choice Award, the prize yielded hundreds of entries and votes from blogger’s within the book community – the shortlist, you can see in a carousel below, included: Bookish Chat who championed Things in Jars by Jess Kidd; Mrs Cooke’s Books who championed The Familiars by Stacey Halls; and Lonesome Reader who championed Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann!

Blogger Amanda Chatterton from Bookish Chat won last year’s prize for championing Things in Jars by Jess Kidd. Winning author Jess Kidd, whose book Things in Jars was published by Canongate in 2019, said of the prize and win:

I am thrilled that Amanda has won the first NB Magazine Book Blogger's Choice Award championing Things in Jars. Amanda is a wonderful reviewer and a passionate supporter of new voices in fiction and I'm so proud she chose my book.​

- Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars​

Book bloggers and NB Magazine

Selections for The Blogger’s Book Prize will be inclusive books, addictive books, books that prompt discussion and books to be enjoyed. Nominated books will reflect the views of readers, book bloggers, reading groups, book clubs and all those who in the toughest of years, have continuously supported and promoted bookshops and the publishing industry come what may. 

The prize is powered by NB Magazine – an independent, literary and quarterly magazine – and will draw upon the magazine’s supportive network of book bloggers and reading groups. This year’s prize is adapted from last year’s NB Book Blogger’s Choice Award which involved a successful campaign, with over 100 championing reviews from book bloggers being submitted, and over 5000 public votes being cast.

To submit a title for the 2021 Blogger’s Book Prize, please do via the form below! 

 

Prize information

All fiction books first published in the UK in hardback or paperback in calendar year 2020 are eligible. 

Key Dates:

  • Submissions close – 1st February at 12pm
  • Longlist of books released to bloggers – w/c 1st February
  • Blogger submissions close – w/c 15th February TBC
  • Successful publishers and bloggers notified – 22nd February TBC
  • Shortlisted bloggers and books announced – 26th February TBC
  • Online voting begins/judging commences – 26th February TBC
  • Online voting closes – 26th March TBC
  • Winner announced – March TBC
Please send 3 copies of each submitted book to Blogger’s Book Prize C/O AGILE, Studio 10, Glove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Wilts, BA14 6RL
 
For all terms and conditions, eligibility and information about the prize, please read on here.

Terms and Conditions for Blogger’s Book Prize

Eligibility, prize information and T&Cs for the Blogger's Book Prize 2021

All fiction books first published in 2020 in paperback or hardback are eligible for submission.

Note: this submission stage is only for publisher submissions.

Please send 3 copies of each submitted title to Blogger’s Prize C/O AGILE, Studio 10, Glove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Wilts, BA14 6RL.

Longlisted and shortlisted titles

A maximum of 40 longlisted titles will be determined by the NB Magazine editorial team before distribution of this list to book blogger’s prior to submission of their championing reviews.

A maximum of six shortlisted titles will be determined by the judging panel (see below).

Online voting stages

The online vote to determine the winning book and blogger will take place on nbmagazine.co.uk via a form. The online public vote will make up 50% of the vote.

An academy vote that is made up of the judging panel and select members of the NB team (see below) will equate to 50% of the vote.

Judging panel

The judging panel will be made up of last year’s NB Book Bloggers’ Choice Award shortlistees (all book bloggers) and a select few members of the NB team. This team will also vote on the winning book/blogger.

Key dates

  • Submissions close – 1st February at 12pm
  • Longlist of books released to bloggers – w/c 1st February
  • Successful bloggers and publishers to be notified in advance of 26th February TBC
  • Shortlisted bloggers and books announced – 26th February TBC
  • Online voting begins/judging commences – 26th February TBC
  • Online voting closes – 12th March TBC
  • Winner announced – 18th March TBC

Prize money

The author of the winning title will be awarded with a cash prize of £500 – the distribution of money will be discussed confidentially with the publisher.

The blogger who successfully championed that winning title will be also be awarded with a cash prize of £500.

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