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Literary Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

Check the links below to find the latest information and winners for book and author awards, grants, and scholarships. Email rmludt@voyamagazine.com to submit updates. List updated February 2017.


AASL Collaborative School Library Media Award [2]

AASL Innovative Reading Grant [2]

ALA Amelia Bloomer List [3]

ALA Coretta Scott King Award [4]s

ALA GLBTRT Awards [5]

ALA Rainbow List [6]

ALA Schneider Family Book Award [7]

ALA Stonewall Book Award [5]

ALAN  [8]Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award [9]

ALAN Award [8]

ALSC John Newbery Award [10]

ALSC May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture [11]

ALSC Mildred L. Batchelder Award [12]

ALSC Pura Belpre Author Award [13]

ALSC Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal [14]

American Indian Youth Literature Award [15]

Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award [16]: The Grand Canyon Reader Award is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in the following categories: Picture, Non-Fiction, Intermediate, Tween, and Teen.

Audio Publishers Association  Audies [17]

ALA Emerging Leaders [18]

ALA  Awards, Grants, and Scholarships

ALA Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

ALA Spectrum Scholar [19]

ALAN Foundation Research Grants

ALAN Gallo Grant [20]

ALSC/Candlewick Press Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved Grant [21]


Baker & Taylor/YALSA Collection Development Grant [22]

Branford Boase Award [23]: The BBA was set up to reward the most promising new writers and their editors, as well as to reward excellence in writing and in publishing. The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first-time novelist.

Broad Prize for Urban Education [24] 

BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant [25]


California Young Reader Medal [26]

Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award [27]

Children’s Choice Book Award [28]

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award [29]


Delaware Diamonds [30]

Doug Wright Award [31]


Edgar Award [32]

Eisner Awards [33]

Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award [34]


Florida Book Award [35]

Florida Teens Read [36]

Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant [37]

Future City Competition [38]


Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers [39]: The Georgia Peach Book Award works to promote reading and literacy skills in teens. Each year, a committee of school and public librarians reads widely to choose a list of twenty nominated titles. Then young adults choose books from among that list to read and rate. The books that earn the highest number of readers and ratings become the Peach Book and Honor Books.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes [40]: The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment.

Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction Literature [41]: The Golden Duck Awards, which are designed to encourage science fiction literature for children, have been given annually since 1992. The awards are presented every year at Worldcon or the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) [42]. There are several awards given each year, most carrying a small cash stipend. Winners are selected by a group of teachers, librarians, parents, high-tech workers, and reviewers.

Green Earth Book Award [43]: The Green Earth Book Award is the nation’s first environmental stewardship book award for children and young adult books.


Henrietta Branford Writing Competition [23]The writing competition for young writers is open to any young writer under the age of 19.

Hugo Award [44]: The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon” [45]), which is also responsible for administering them.


IBPA Benjamin Franklin Digital Award [46]: The Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards honors innovation in electronic book publishing by individuals and organizations of all sizes, including publishers, software developers, designers, manufacturers, institutions, and technology leaders.

Illinois High School Reader’s Choice Award: Abraham Lincoln Award [47]: The Abraham Lincoln Readers’ Choice Award winner is awarded to the book from that year’s master list that earns the highest number of student votes.

Illinois “Read for a Lifetime” Award [48]: Read for a Lifetime, sponsored by Jesse White, Secretary of State and State Librarian, and the Illinois Center for Book, is the first statewide reading program to target high school students, was designed to promote the enjoyment of reading by encouraging students to read both classic and contemporary literature, and rewarding them for their effort.

In the Margins [49]: Library Services for Youth in Custody

Iowa Teen Book Award [50]

Irish Literary Awards [51]: The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire literary community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers, and librarians – to recognize and celebrate the very best of Irish literary talent.


Jane Addams Award [52]: The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award annually recognizes children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence that effectively engage children in thinking about peace, social justice, global community, and equity for all people.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


Kentucky Bluegrass Award [53]


Louisiana’s Young Reader’s Choice Award [54]


Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award [55]

Michigan Thumbs Up! Award [56]

Missouri Gateway Readers Award [57]: The goals of the Gateway Readers Award are the following: To encourage Missouri young adults in grades nine through twelve to select and read quality literature that appeals to their needs, interests and reading levels. To recognize and honor outstanding works in young adult literature. To develop a cooperative relationship among schools, libraries, and teens. To encourage the development of school and public library services to teens.


National Book Award for Young People’s Literature [58]

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Books of the Year [59]: The NAIBA Book Awards recognize an author who was born or lived in our region, and/or a book whose story takes place in our region. The book must have been published between June 1 and May 31 (of the award year). 

New Hampshire Isinglass Teen Read Award [60]: The Isinglass Teen Read Award was begun in 2001 by the Barrington Public Library and the Barrington Middle School in order to promote teen reading, the participation of teens in the creation of their own reading list, and to honor those authors whose works speak to youth. The award is now open to all New Hampshire students in grades 7-8.

New Hampshire The Flume Teen Reader’s Choice Award [61]

New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Awards [62]

New York Empire State Award [63]: The award honors a body of work that represents excellence in children’s or young adult literature and that has made a significant contribution to literature for young people.

New York Times Notable Children’s Books [64]

Next Generation Indie Book Awards [65]

Notable Wisconsin Author [66]: The Notable Wisconsin Authors project promotes a greater awareness of the state’s literary heritage through the recognition of selected authors.


Ohio Buckeye Teen Book Award [67]: The Buckeye Teen Book Award program is designed to encourage students in Ohio to read literature critically, to promote teacher and librarian involvement in young adult literature programs, and to commend authors of such literature.

Ohio Library Council James Cook Book Award [68]: This award recognizes a book that promotes and celebrates cultural, ethnic, or social diversity.


Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award [69]

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship [70]

Pennsylvania Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award [71]

Phoenix Award [72]


Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award [73]: The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.

Rhode Island Teen Book Award [74]: The teens of Rhode Island in grades 7-12 are invited to pick the book they have read and judged to be the best from a list selected by teachers, public librarians, and school library media specialists.


Scholastic Art and Writing Awards [75]

Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction [76]


Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award [77]

Vermont Green Mountain Book Award [78]


We the People Bookshelf Grant [79]

Wisconsin Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award [80]

World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards [81]


YALSA award lists may be found at the YALSA Book Finder [82], including:

Alex Awards

Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults

Best Fiction for Young Adults

Best of the Best Books for Young Adults

Excellence in Nonfiction Award

Fabulous Films for Young Adults

Great Graphic Novels for Teens

MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens

Margaret A. Edwards Award

Michael L. Printz Award

Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Teens Top Ten

Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers

William C. Morris YA Debut Award

YALSA WrestleMania Reading Challenge [83]

YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium Stipends [84]

YALSA Great Books Giveaway [85]

YALSA Library Advocacy Day Stipend Conference Grants [86]

YALSA/ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Service to Young Adults Achievement Award [87]

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