Since 2000 Storylines has produced an annual list of outstanding books for children and young people published in New Zealand by New Zealand authors and illustrators during the previous calendar year.
This annual list of Notable Books ensures that children, parents/grandparents, teachers, librarians and the public are all made aware of the large range of high quality books being published.
Books are categorised as: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult and Non Fiction. There are up to ten awards in each category.
The 2017 Storylines Notable Books list, for books published is 2016, was announced on March 15. You can read the news release here, and the full list of 2017 Storylines Notable Books here. Certificates were presented for the 2017 Notable Books at the annual Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and Awards Day on 2 April.
Winners of 2017 Storylines Notable Picture Book awards, pictured with publishers Penny Scown (Scholastic') and Diana Murray (Penguin Random House), included: Alexandra Tylee, Kieran Rynhart, Ripeka Takotawai Goddard, Kimberly Andrews, Zak Waipara, Melinda Szymanik, Richard Fairgray, Joy H Davidson, Nikki Slade Robinson, and Pat Chapman. [Photo: Crissi Blair].
2017 Storylines Young Adult Notable Book award winner Saradha Koirala with publisher Diana Murray from Penguin Random House.[Photo: Crissi Blair].
Storylines Notable Books are selected by an expert panel from the Storylines community. The panel includes children’s and YA librarians, authors, illustrators, teachers and academics; several members have served as judges for the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award (and under its previous sponsor AIM) and the LIANZA Book Awards.
If in doubt regarding the eligibility of a book, author or illustrator, please seek clarification by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries are open to books on first publication in print or as e-books in New Zealand. The 2018 Awards are open to books published between1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.
Principal authors (and principal illustrators of books with significant illustrative content: picture books and photographic non-fiction) must be normally resident in New Zealand and be New Zealand citizens by birth, naturalisation or immigration, or hold Permanent Residency status at the closing date for submissions. New Zealand citizens or Permanent Residents as defined here, but who are living overseas temporarily, are eligible if their absence has been for no more than TWO consecutive years at the closing date for submissions.
Printed books (from mainstream/independent publishers or self-published) must have a print run of no less than 500 copies and be available to the public for sale through normal retail outlets and/or online. E-books should be widely available online at the time of submission.
Books written in English and books written in Māori are eligible.
Entries of fiction and non-fiction must contain 48 pages or more; picture books must contain at least 24 pages.
Books by individual or multiple authors, including anthologies, are eligible if they meet the judging criteria. Anthologies must contain sufficient new work to meet the criteria for a book in its own right.
Books published with the assistance of grants or subsidies are eligible.
Books will be accepted as e-book-only publications [i.e. no print edition exists]. Where both e-book and print book are available the print book should be submitted.
E-books will not be in a separate category but will be judged alongside print editions of the same category.
An e-book submitted must have originated as an e-book. An e-book created out of an earlier print book is not eligible.
A book entered for the Awards must be a single, stand-alone entry.
Series or boxed sets are not considered as single, stand-alone book entries, and are therefore not eligible, unless submitted as individual titles.
Reprints and re-issues of previously published works are not eligible.
Books published primarily for an educational market (e.g. textbooks, resource kits, literacy texts, reading schemes etc.) are not eligible.
Books by deceased authors or illustrators are not eligible for entry unless the death occurred after the book has been submitted.
The closing date for entries is 30 November 2017.
The entry fee is $30 per title (including GST).
For print books two copies of the submitted title are required. For e-books, please provide details on Entry Form to enable access.
The Storylines Notable Books judging panels reserve the right to invite submissions. No correspondence regarding the Awards will be entered into.
"I'm delighted to have such an acknowledgement. It's been very interesting to see, over the years, how being on the Notable Books list has become such a coveted honour. Thank you, not just for my own presence on the list this year, but for the hard work Storylines does on behalf of writing for children." - Barbara Else
"I want to say Many Thanks to you for those honours – and for all the other terrific services you provide to New Zealand kids’ books. Storylines is a gem in the New Zealand crest. Feel proud of all you do! I feel privileged to belong to you." - David Hill
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