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PRESS RELEASE: The 3rd Diverse Book Awards open tomorrow

Press release - January 2022

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The Third Diverse Book Awards - Open For Nominations on 13thJanuary!



London, United Kingdom, January 12th2022:Now in its third year, The Diverse Book Awards officially opens this week to nominations from UK-based publishers and authors, for diverse and inclusive books published any time during 2021.

The 2022 awards process officially begins on Thursday 13thJanuary 2022, hot on the heels of the incredible success of last year's Diverse Book Awards, which saw Benjamin Zephaniah's Windrush Child (Scholastic Children's Books) win best Children's Book, Manjeet Mann's Run, Rebel (Penguin Random House Children's) win best YA Book, and Tammye Huf's A More Perfect Union (Myriad Editions) win best Adult's Book. The unique and inclusive awards celebrate the incredible talent here in the UK and showcase the best books in Children's, YA and Adult Fiction published in 2021.

The awards are free to enter and are open to books regardless of their route to publication, therefore self-published authors are invited to nominate their own books, and indie, collaborative, hybrid and traditional publishers are all welcome at the table!


To submit your book for nomination visit:


The longlist will be announced in July 2022, the shortlist in September 2022 and the winners in October 2022.


Last year, more than 130 submissions (up from 50 in 2020) were received for the 2021 Diverse Book Awards, created by writing community The Author School ( This year, the co-founders - award-winning children's/YA author Abiola Bello and prize-winning publicist Helen Lewis - are predicting this number will tip the 150-mark.

Helen Lewis and Abiola Bello, co-founders of The Author School and The Diverse Book Awards, say:"In 2021, we saw the continued impact of the pandemic on publication dates and bookshop sales but we also know of many amazing diverse and inclusive books that were released by self-published authors through to those published by the Big 5. We hope that following the success of our second year, more and more authors and publishers feel compelled to nominate the books that represent their understanding of and appreciation for truly diverse and inclusive stories. We have an amazing line-up of judges ready to read submissions and incredible prizes for the ultimate winners. Being recognised in initiatives such as The Diverse Book Awards can have a hugely positive impact on the sales of a book, the profile of an author and build a buzz around a publisher. If you're a UK-based author/publisher and released a brilliant diverse and inclusive book in 2021... what are you waiting for?"


2022 Sponsors Confirmed So Far

The Diverse Book Awards 2022 are sponsored by:

Peters (Children's Headline Sponsor)

Book Clubs in Schools (YA Headline Sponsor)

Madeleine Milburn

World Book


Pen &

World of

Wigtown YA & BigWig


Pages of Hackney


2022 Prizes Confirmed To Date

Each of the three winners will receive a bundle of prizes including a beautiful glass trophy, VIP access to a full-year of Literally PR's online author branding workshops, and the opportunity to be part of two author panel events - one hosted by The Author School and the other by the Madeleine Milburn Agency. The Children's winner will have their book featured as part of World Book Day Story Book Club, receive editorial content in Pen&Inc, and participate in a school visit organised by World of Diversity. They will also have their book featured as part of World Book Day Book Club. The YA winner will participate in a school visit organised by World of Diversity and be part of the National Teen Book Club, a UK wide virtual book club for teens thanks to Book Clubs in Schools. The Children's, YA and Adult Fiction winners will have a dedicated page featured on the Peters website to appeal to primary and secondary schools and librarians. The YA and Children's winners will be invited to be part of the Wigtown YA and BigWig Festivals and to a book signing event at the Wonderland Bookshop. The Adult Fiction winner will be invited to host a book signing at Pages of Hackney Bookshop in London.


Notes to editors

Abiola Bello and Helen Lewis are available for media interviews.

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