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The Readings Young Adult Book Prize

The Readings Young Adult Book Prize was established in 2016. The emphasis is on emerging writers and only first and second published works of young adult fiction and memoir are eligible.

Yesterday Readings announced the shortlist and here they are:

Cover of Untidy Towns

Untidy Towns by Kate O’Donnell

Cover of beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Cover of Amelia Westlake

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Cover of This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Cover of Small Spaces

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

Cover of Between Us

Between Us by Clare Atkins


2018 Readings staff judges include Nina Kenwood (Marketing Manager), Mike Shuttleworth (Readings Hawthorn), Georgia Delaney (Readings Kids), and Athina Clarke (Readings Malvern). The panel will be joined by guest judge, award-winning YA author Melissa Keil, to select the winner, and they will also take feedback from the Readings Teen Advisory Board into consideration.

Have you read these books?