The Queen of Teen UK awards are now open for nominations. Since 2008, the awards have run in order to highlight YA authors who bring enjoyment to their readers, particularly through dealing with real-life, contemporary issues in a fun and honest manner.
Though the award ceremony itself is held in the United Kingdom, teenagers worldwide can revel in the competition, casting votes and keeping tabs on the shortlist. 2012 highlighted a few new steps forward for the awards including the first male nominee, James Dawson, and winner Maureen Johnson, who flew out from the United States in order to be crowned.
This year’s event will be held on July 11th, 2014. Nominations will close on April 29th. Teenagers are requested to nominate any author they enjoy, with the caveat of 100 words on why the author and their books mean so much to them. Each nomination will be another entry for a prize draw, with the winner receiving tickets to the ceremony and a chance to meet their favorite author.
For more information, visit the Queen of Teen website.