Blogger's Book Prize 2022 Blogger Callout

Overview

The Blogger’s Book Prize, powered by NB Magazine, has now closed its publisher callout for 2022 book submissions. We received a record number of submissions this year, but thanks to NB Magazine’s team of reviewers, we have narrowed  the list down to 125 books. A very long longlist we know!

Now we need YOUR help, passionate talented book bloggers, in whittling our longlist down to a stunning shortlist of six books. We want to give a voice to as many bloggers as possible, so we are asking all book bloggers to share their preferred shortlist with us. Once we have had all entries, we will collate the responses and announce our final shortlist for the Blogger’s Book Prize!

Read the submissions criteria below to get involved.

Champions

Each title on the shortlist will be represented by an individual blogger who will champion their chosen title, encouraging engagement and conversation on social media, before the public have their chance to vote for their favourite. Everyone that enters by submitting the form below will be in the running to become one of the six champions.

The shortlisted books will be presented to an independent judging panel composed of industry professionals and well-established book bloggers, who will take into consideration the public vote and each title’s social media campaign. The judging panel will then determine the winner of The Blogger’s Book Prize 2022.

The winning book will be awarded a cash prize of £1000.

Last year’s winner was The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai, championed by blogger Emily Powter at Em’s Shelf Love.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a group of passionate book bloggers who would like the opportunity to be featured in the next issue of NB Magazine and be in the running to champion the potential winner of The Blogger’s Book Prize 2022!

Submission Criteria

In order for us to select our final six bloggers, we’d love for you to tell us your favourite for the title (the book you would most love to champion if successful), as well as your preferred shortlist of six books.

Please could you also send us a short paragraph about why you would love to help us narrow down the shortlist – nothing too detailed, just a little bit about you and your love of books! We’d love to feature you across our social media, so an image of you would also be fantastic, but not essential if you’re not comfortable. 

Want to be involved?

To get involved, all you need to do is fill out the form below, telling us your overall favourite and your preferred shortlist, in order of preference. 

To see the full list of books please download the document below. Scroll down for more general information about the prize and social support. 

The Blogger's Book Prize 2022, powered by NB

Blogger Callout form

Please fill in some basic information about you, your blog and how we can get in touch with you.
Please choose SIX books that you would like to see shortlisted for the 2022 Blogger's Book Prize in order of preference, beginning with one. You must select titles from the list below and you may only select each title once.
Please fill in a little information about you, your love for books and why you think you would make an excellent addition to our list of six champion bloggers. Each title on the shortlist will be represented by an individual blogger who will champion their chosen title, encouraging engagement and conversation on social media, before the public have their chance to vote for their favourite. Everyone who enters to narrow the longlist will be eligible and considered to be one of the six champions.

Prize information

All fiction books first published in the UK in hardback or paperback in calendar year 2021 are eligible. 

Publisher submissions close – 10th February at 12pm

Blogger submissions close – 27th February 

Shortlisted books, and their championing blogger announced – Mid-March (exact date TBC)

Online voting begins/judging commences – Mid-March (exact date TBC)

Online voting closes – End-March (exact date TBC)

Winner announced – April (exact date TBC) 

Brand Messaging

The Blogger’s Book Prize celebrates the integral relationship between the book industry and the book blogging community that tirelessly champion great literature, create fantastic content, and ultimately for create a buzz around books! Powered by NB Magazine, the Blogger’s Book Prize highlights inclusive, influential and underrepresented books that have been published over the past year.

Calling on book bloggers invaluable knowledge at every stage of the process, the Blogger’s Book Prize is fast becoming the jewel in the crown of the book blogging community.

NB Magazine is a literary magazine and online platform for book lovers, book clubs and all round bibliophiles. In print and online with our editorial content, features and bank of thousands of independent reviews we aid discerning readers with those all-too-difficult book buying decisions.

Social Support

We would love for you to join in our social conversation and will be keeping an eye out across social media.

So we don’t miss a thing, we’ve listed our social media handles and tags below. If we spot your post, we will be sure to reshare. The more the merrier!

@Mentions: @nbmagazine
#Hashtags: #NBMagazine #BloggersBookPrize22 #bookreview #readingclub

Contact Details

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amy at amy@nbmagazine.co.uk

Submissions Open for the Blogger's Book Prize 2022

The Blogger’s Book Prize celebrates the fundamental relationship between the book industry and the book bloggers who champion literature and share their wonderful recommendations with millions of readers across the country. Powered by NB Magazine, the Blogger’s Book Prize highlights inclusive, influential, and underrepresented books that have been published over the past year. Calling on book bloggers invaluable knowledge at every stage of the process, the Blogger’s Book Prize is fast becoming the jewel in the crown of the book blogging community. 

Publishers are encouraged to submit fiction books published in 2021 –  we are looking for inclusive and addictive books that prompt book club discussions; books that are written to be enjoyed and devoured. Shortlisted books will best reflect the views of readers, book bloggers, reading groups, book clubs and all those who, in another tough year, have continuously supported and promoted bookshops and the publishing industry.

A pool of book bloggers will review all submissions in order to create a shortlist of six books, each of which will be represented by an individual blogger. These six bloggers will champion their titles, encouraging social engagement and conversation through a social media campaign, before the public have the chance to vote for their favourite book.

The shortlisted books and their blogger will be presented to an independent judging panel composed of industry professionals and well-established book bloggers, who will judge each title. Taking into consideration the public vote and each title’s social media campaign, the judging panel will determine the winner of The Bloggers Book Prize 2022.

The winning book will be awarded a cash prize of £1000.

Last year's prize

Last year, the prize yielded hundreds of entries and votes from blogger’s within the book community – the shortlist was represented by six stellar book bloggers, such as The Writing Greyhound who championed The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey; AnnaBookBel who championed Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (which went on to win the Women’s Prize for Fiction!); and The Tattooed Book Geek who championed We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker, (which would go on to also claim further accolades, such as the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel), proving once again, the extraordinary ability bloggers have for finding excellent fiction.

The Prize was ultimately claimed by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai for her novel The Mountains Sing, Which was fiercely represented by Emily Powter-Robinson, the talented blogger behind Em’s Shelf Love, who ensured The Mountains Sing was passionately represented in both the public vote and the judges meeting. You can watch the heartfelt conversation between Emily and Mai below…

This prize is very special Emily, because you have fiercly championed my book, before and during the voting period, thank you so much for your kind help.

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Book bloggers and NB Magazine

NB is a literary magazine and online platform promoting interesting and new authors and books to readers and book groups across the UK, Ireland and Europe. Our quarterly magazine has been in print for almost 20 years, available through libraries, bookshops and direct to subscribers. Our 110th issue was published in December 2021. With our editorial content, features and independent reviews we aid word-of-mouth and help thousands of readers discover their next great read.

Prize information

All fiction books first published in the UK in hardback or paperback in calendar year 2021 are eligible. 

Publisher submissions close – 10th February at 12pm

Blogger submissions close – 24th February 

Shortlisted books, and their championing blogger announced – 10th March 

Online voting begins/judging commences – 10th March 

Online voting closes – 24th March

Winner announced – 5th April (TBC)

Terms and Conditions for Blogger’s Book Prize

Submission Information and T&Cs

Publisher Submissions

If you are a publisher keen to submit a title, please fill in the form below and send three copies of each submitted title to:

Blogger’s Prize C/O AGILE,
Studio 10, Glove Factory Studios,
Brook Lane, Holt,
Wilts, BA14 6RL.

The deadline for all submissions is 10th February 2022.

Eligibility

Only new fiction titles first published in 2021 are eligible, whether in paperback or hardback format.

The Judging Process

The judging process will be made up of an online poll divided into two parts. A public vote and an academy vote, weighted equally and combined to decide the winners. 

The voting academy comprises NB’s editor, publishers, previous shortlisted bloggers and reviewers. The purpose of an academy vote is to counterbalance the potential skewing of a public vote. For example, a title may accumulate a large public vote but, if the panel support is slight, success is unlikely. Winning titles must score heavily in both instances.

Online Voting

The shortlisted books and their blogger will be presented to an independent judging panel composed of industry professionals and well-established book bloggers, who will judge each title. Taking into consideration the public vote and each title’s social media campaign, the judging panel will determine the winner of The Bloggers Book Prize 2022.

Prize Money

The winning book will be awarded a cash prize of £1000.

Key dates

All fiction books first published in the UK in hardback or paperback in calendar year 2021 are eligible. 

Publisher submissions close – 10th February at 12pm

Blogger submissions close – 24th February

Shortlisted books, and their championing blogger announced – 10th March

Online voting begins/judging commences – 10th March

Online voting closes – 24th March 

Winner announced at London Book Fair – 5th April

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