Previous Finalists

Who's Doing The Judging


For the children's books, we have chosen six primary and secondary schools in the UK, mostly in London, to do the initial judging. The children, with the help of their teachers, will be assessing the books and deciding on the the finalists in each category based simply on: which book(s) did they enjoy the most and why.

A smaller, select group of children then look at the chosen top books and pick the gold, silver and bronze winners for each category. They will assess the books according to:

  • EDITING Is there a flow to the text or is it a scratched record? Is it full of tiny/gigantic errors?
  • THEME Is the book current/interesting/original/exciting?
  • STYLE Is it a page-turner? The beginning grips you and the end knocks you for six.
  • COVER AND ILLUSTRATIONS Eye-catching? Age appropriate? Do they add to the book?


The adult books will be assessed by two Reading Groups, one in London where I work and one in Stockholm where I live. They will decide on the finalists and from these they will pick the gold, silver and bronze winners. The members of these groups will not be professional editors or 'BIG' in the publishing world, but they love to read and know a good book when they see it. They will be assessing the books in a similar way to the children but perhaps the judging will be a little more indepth.


Books must be with us between the 1st January, 2017 and the 31st December, 2017.

Finalists will be notified on the 1st March, 2018. The gold, silver and bronze winners in each category will be notified one month later.


Any physical books sent to us will be donated to the judging schools or to a library.

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