The National Book Council is pleased to announce the list of titles submitted for consideration to the 2024 National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize, awarded to outstanding works published in 2023. Widely regarded as the highest literary recognition in Malta, the National Book Prize honours authors, editors, translators, publishers and illustrators for books published with a locally issued ISBN during the preceding year.

The National Book Prize encompasses eight distinct categories for books for Adults: Novels, Short Stories, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction, Translation, Research and Historiographic Research. The Terramaxka Prize comprises six categories: Picture Books for Children (ages 0–7), Children’s Literature (ages 8–12) and Young Adult Literature, as well as Picture Books Translated into Maltese (ages 0-7), Children’s Literature Translated into Maltese (ages 8-12) and Young Adult Literature in Maltese Translation.

An independent adjudication board has screened all submissions for eligibility and ensured their placement in the appropriate categories. This year, the National Book Prize longlist includes 173 eligible titles: 90 titles spread across the eight categories of the National Book Prize, and 83 titles spanning the six categories of the Terramaxka Prize.

This year, no titles were submitted to the Drama category.

In the following months, the jury members will review the submissions and select the finalists for the 2024 National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize. The shortlists will be published on 27 August.

The winners of both the National Book Prize and the Terramaxka Prize for children and young adults will be announced during an award-giving ceremony, which will be held on 20 September.

For the latest updates on the National Book Prize and other initiatives by the National Book Council, follow us on Facebook or visit ktieb.org.mt.

The full list of eligible submissions can be found below.

National Book Prize 2024: Books 2023

Novels

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Dar l-ImħabbaChris AzzopardiWise Owl Publications
Imħabba Projbita: Il-Ħares u Jien – ... u Dak li ma Jidhirx!Michael CiniHorizons
Imħabba Projbita: Il-Ħares u Jien – Dak Kollu li Jidher...Michael CiniHorizons
A Past UnveiledRobert BusuttilHorizons
A Family IntrigueAnthony J. SalibaJBX Publishing
Riħ id-DestinCharles ButtigiegBDL Publishing
Vincenzo of My HeartLou DrofenikHorizons
Matti Falzun tal-ImdinaMonica GattBDL Publishing
Lisa Bint id-DnubKris DimechBDL Publishing
KoppjiJacqueline MizziHorizons
Ħadd in-Nies: Rumanz SoċjaliKarmenu MalliaAwtoppubblikat / Self-Published
altMaStephen LughermoHorizons
Taħt il-Qilla tal-IswastikaBen AgiusHorizons
Mis-Sema 'l IsfelHelen BorgHorizons
The Darkness WithinJens C. BudingerAwtoppubblikat / Self-Published
2070Jane MicallefFaraxa Publishing
The ObscureWesley AzzopardiFaraxa Publishing
Ħbiberija SinċieraLawrence GattBDL Publishing
Pepita GomezElio LombardiBDL Publishing
Il-ĠowkerSharon CallejaBDL Publishing
Il-Misteru tal-Kunvent: Rumanz StorikuGeorge A. Said-ZammitKlabb Kotba Maltin
The OrderPeter PortelliMidsea Books
Yeshua MeshiahMartin BaronAwtoppubblikat / Self-Published
Il-Każijiet tal-Ispetturi Grech u MicallefRonald CamilleriBDL Publishing

Short-stories

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
FaċċatiJoe CamilleriHorizons
Sekwenzi MġanntaJustin SchembriHorizons
L-Aħħar Petala u Novelli OħrajnWayne FarrugiaMalta University Distributors
Id-Deffien taċ-Ċimiterju: Ġabra ta' Stejjer tal-Biża'Joseph A. CachiaBDL Publishing
Moffa u Rakkonti OħraAlfred SantQuinque
SjestaTrevor ŻahraMerlin Publishers
Tnax-il Siegħa: Stejjer ta' Mħabba Bla TmiemAlex MizziKlabb Kotba Maltin

Poetry

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Ġimgħa wara ĠimgħaVince FabriHorizons
Vojta l-Bajja / Barren is the BayJohn P. PortelliHorizons
Here WasJohn P. PortelliHorizons
Time... and Time AgainCharles FloresHorizons
SolfeġġiKarmenu MalliaAwtoppubblikat / Self-Published
Min Jogħdos Bla MaskraCarmel SciclunaHorizons
The BellMaria Grech GanadoKotba Calleja
Koninu...? Ħsieb f'Waqtu u f'ĦinuShawn MeilakFaraxa Publishing
Għażiż ĠismiImmanuel MifsudKlabb Kotba Maltin
Daphne: A Memorial in VerseClare Azzopardi, Miriam Calleja (edi / eds)Midsea Books Ltd
Navigatio: Il-Vjaġġ ta' PoetaGeorge A. Said-ZammitKlabb Kotba Maltin
Daħlet ix-Xilep: Kontralimerikki tal-PandemijaAdrian GrimaKlabb Kotba Maltin

Literature in Translation

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Traduttur
Translator
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)Charles FloresHorizons
Il-Frammenti ta' Saffo (Saffo)Warren BartoloEde Books
Jugoslav (Ana Vučković)Toni AquilinaFaraxa Publishing
Tartuffe – Ix-Xħiħ (Molière)George CassolaFaraxa Publishing
Għoljet il-Qasab (Yin Jian Ling)Stephen CachiaFaraxa Publishing
Il-Jiem Tiegħi ma' Benedittu XVI (Alfred Xuereb)Francesco Pio AttardKlabb Kotba Maltin
Dar fil-Limbu (Mary Calafato)Kit AzzopardiKlabb Kotba Maltin
Fjura tas-Sabbara, Fjura tax-Xadina (Irene Chias)Mark VellaKlabb Kotba Maltin

Non-Fiction

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
The Unforgettable Past and my Letters to the PressAnthony J. SalibaBDL Publishing
Clint Azzopardi Flores: Dak li ma QalulekxDarren Agius4Sight
Fejjaqtni Int: Rużar Briffa – u JienPaul P. BorgAwtoppubblikat / Self-published
Kristalli b'RakkontiPaulJon AquilinaAwtoppubblikat / Self-published
L-Oroskopju minn PaulJonPaulJon AquilinaAwtoppubblikat / Self-published
Minn Marsa għal Marsa: Stejjer mit-TuneżijaClare Azzopardi, Katel Delia, Leanne EllulL-Ambaxxata ta' Malta fit-Tuneżija
Bilkemm Jitwemmnu!: Stejjer Veri ta' Nies minn kull Rokna ta' Malta u Għawdex (L-Ewwel Volum)George CremonaMerlin Publishers
Id-Djarju ta' Enzo: 28 ta' Lulju 2020–17 ta' Diċembru 2021Carmen GusmanKlabb Kotba Maltin
Xi Tfisser Tkun Bniedem?Kurt Borg, Robert Farrugia (edi / eds)Horizons
Staying On in MaltaPaul HeywoodMidsea Books Ltd
Songs of Motherhood (Għanjiet l-Omm)Roberta Azzopardi (ed.); Moira Scicluna Zahra (ill.)Awtoppubblikat / Self-published
Our Children: A Gift. 50 Questions and Answers for Parents of LGBTIQ ChildrenDrachma ParentsMidsea Books Ltd
Country Walks in MaltaJohann A. BriffaMidsea Books

Research

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Splendour & Devotion: The Art Collections of the Order of St JohnTheresa VellaFondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Fireworks: The Vibrant Celebration of the Maltese IslandsGodfrey FarrugiaAwtoppubblikat / Self-published
The Malta Thalidomide AffairAnatole BaldacchinoThalidomide Survivors Association (Malta)
Ġrajjiet il-Kliem Qadim u TeknikuCharles BriffaMalta University Publishing
Unifaun – Teatru Mod IeħorAdrian Buckle, Trevor Żahra (edi / eds)Horizons
Maltese Mythology: Volume 1Stephan D. MifsudMerlin Publishers
Pilatus: A Laundromat Bank in EuropeRobert AquilinaMidsea Books
The Marsa Junction Hidden SecretsArnold CassolaMidsea Books
Reforming Malta's Media SystemJoseph Borg, Therese Comodini CachiaMidsea Books
DisgħaAustin CamilleriMidsea Books
Il-Kelma ta' Eddie Fenech Adami: Studju dwar id-Diskors u l-Kelma UżataJames Aaron EllulKlabb Kotba Maltin
Karattri tal-Fantasija MaltinĠużi GattKlabb Kotba Maltin
Anton Buttigieg: Bejn Storja u MitiSergio Grech (ed.)Horizons
Vincenzo Bonello: His Legacy in HeritageTheresa Vella (ed.)Kite Group
Enrique Tabone: Catalogue RaisonnéToni SantKite Group
Antoine Camilleri: A World WithinChristian Attard (ed.)Kite Group

Historiographic Research

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Jacques François de Chambray: The Order he Served, The Island he Loved, and the Fort He BuiltJoseph SciclunaKite Group
Il-Knisja Parrokkjali ta' San Nikola ta' Bari fis-Siġġiewi: Storja – Arti – TifkirietJoseph Mary PaceAwtoppubblikat / Self-published
Ġrajjietna: Società Filarmonica Maria Mater GratiæVincent Caruana GauciSocietà Filarmonica Maria Mater Gratiæ – Żabbar – A.D. 1883
Health, Plague, and Society in Early Modern MaltaCarmel CassarKite Group
Malta's Temple Culture Summarized in the Twin Ladies of the Xaghra Stone CircleVeronica VeenInanna Publishers
28 April 1958: Mintoff and the National InterestJoseph M. PirottaMidsea Books
Palazzo De La Salle Valletta, Malta: Genesis and EvolutionCaroline Miggiani, Gabriel Zammit (edi / eds)Midsea Books
Breaking the Law in Nineteenth-Century Malta: An Analysis of the Criminal Court Records 1838-1888Evelyn PullicinoMidsea Books
At the Margins: Children, Petty Criminals, Suicides and Others in 19th Century Malta and BeyondMichael RefaloKite Group
The First Maltese: How it All Began in GozoVeronica Veen, Adrian van der BlomInanna Publishers

 

Terramaxka Prize 2024: Books 2023

Picture books for children (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Mid-Dinja ta' Lulu u WiġiSarah Ellul, Amanda Tanti; Kite Group (ill.)Kite Group
Emma u Arturo - il-KejkMaria Farrugia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
Emma u Arturo - il-KarnivalMaria Farrugia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
Emma u Arturo - l-Inkwatru MaġikuMaria Farrugia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
Emma u Arturo - il-Passaġġ SigrietMaria Farrugia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
Emma u Arturo - Ħbiberija ĠdidaMaria Farrugia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
Bett, Mike u x-XitwaClaudia Aloisio; Cindy Monroy (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Bett, Mike u l-ĦarifaClaudia Aloisio; Cindy Monroy (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Bett, Mike u s-SajfClaudia Aloisio; Cindy Monroy (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Bett, Mike u r-RebbiegħaClaudia Aloisio; Cindy Monroy (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Il-Ġiżirana ta' KalimChris Azzopardi; Mark Anthony Vella, Rebby Vella (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Xadini Ħdejn il-BaħarChris Azzopardi; Mark Anthony Vella and Rebby Vella (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Inżommu t-TeżorChris Azzopardi; Mark Anthony Vella, Rebby Vella (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Rigal għas-SirenaChris Azzopardi; Mark Anthony Vella, Rebby Vella (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Il-Vaganza tal-PingwiniChris Azzopardi; Mark Anthony Vella, Rebby Vella (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Naqra ma’ TuruChristine Ebejer, Mary Claire XerriBDL Publishing
Il-Magna tal-KuluriChristabel AttardHorizons
Fejn Hi l-Kelba?Marisabelle EbejerBDL Publishing
Ejjew Nilagħbu FlimkienNicolette BorgBDL Publishing
Marju u r-Rota ta' MissieruUrsola BorgBDL Publishing
Il-Praspar ta' Orsettu: Il-Logħba VirtwaliSara Abela; Matt Stroud (ill.)BDL Publishing
Il-Praspar ta' Orsettu: Il-Mostru tal-BaħarSara Abela; Matt Stroud (ill.)BDL Publishing
Kejkijiet tal-Karrotti u Fwejjaħ ta' WardSandra Hili Vassallo; Nadine Debattista Briffa (ill.)Ministeru għall-Politika Soċjali u d-Drittijiet tat-Tfal
Mikelin u l-Luminata fil-GwardarobbaSandra Hili Vassallo; Susanna Rumiz (ill.)Merlin Publishers
Melodija, il-Fatatina tal-MużikaNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Allegrija, il-Fatatina tar-RigaliNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Suzette, il-Fatatina tal-KotbaNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Pupina, il-Fatatina tal-ĠugarelliNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Tikk Tokk, il-Fatatina tal-ArloġġiNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Rosabella, il-Fatatina tal-AmbjentNatalie Portelli; Tanya Maneki (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Mase in SpaceMichelle Mifsud & Marilyn Formosa; Sharon Naudi (ill.)Awtoppubblikat / Self-published
Rola n-Nannakola VjolaRamona Attard; Naomi Gatt (ill.)Awtoppubblikat / Self-published
Mill-Ittri ta' Sbejjaħ il-FenekDaniela Callus; Naomi Gatt (ill.)Faraxa Publishing
M għal MaltaNaomi GattMerlin Publishers Ltd
Madame Ortensja Paskwalina De RohanClare Azzopardi; Moira Scicluna Zahra (ill.)Merlin Publishers Ltd
Min Jien?Marisa Ben Hadj Khalifa; Nicole Diacono (ill.)Merlin Publishers Ltd
Is-Sinjura Ermelinda u l-ParrukkierMaria Cini; Sue Flask (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Nina n-Nokkla: Festa ta' KuluriNadia Abdilla; Elisa Chetcuti (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
Nina n-Nokkla u l-Kamaleonte tal-ĠnienNadia Abdilla; Elisa Chetcuti (ill.)Klabb Kotba Maltin
X’Tixtieq Issir La Tikber?Rebekah Grima; Kite Group (ill.)Kite Group
Miranda Tħobb il-KotbaRita Saliba; Steffi Venturi (ill.)Horizons - Aġenzija Nazzjonali tal-Litteriżmu
Ir-Raħal tan-Nani 9: Frawlina, Is-Serduk ul-Flieles, Melħu u l-Mitraħ tar-RixUrsola Borg; BDL Publishing (ill.)BDL Publishing

Children’s Literature (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Il-Praspar ta' Ġoġo l-KelbChris Azzopardi; Bruno Carnaghi (ill.)Wise Owl Publications
Is-Sejba Misterjuża ta' Ġuġu l-FenekJanet MalliaBDL Publishing
L-Arloġġ Maġiku tan-Nannu SalvEvan Chetcuti; Christine Mizzi (ill.)BDL Publishing
Ir-Rigal tar-Re RicardoJanet Mallia; Louiselle Sciberras (ill.)BDL Publishing
L-Istorja ta' MollyDunstan HamiltonL-Uffiċċju tal-Kummissarju għad-Drittijiet tal-Annimali
Il-Pappagall tas-SurmastDunstan HamiltonHumanities Section, Curriculum, Ministry of Education
Kollox Barra BebbuxSandra Hili Vassallo; Nadine Debattista Briffa (ill.)Ministeru għall-Politika Soċjali u d-Drittijiet tat-Tfal
Il-Patt tal-PrinċepDaniel Cini; Naomi Gatt (ill.)Horizons
The Acts of KindnessLouiselle Grech; Melanie Grech (ill.)MSPCA
Big u Pepper: Klieb SuperspeċjaliJesmond Grech; Henriette Mallia (ill.)Service Dogs Foundation
Cesco and the MushroomsPhilip M. Bonello; Naomi Gatt (ill.)Faraxa Publishing
Il-Każ tal-Kappell IkkalibratLeanne Ellul; Marisa Attard (ill.)Merlin Publishers Ltd
ŻrabenTrevor ŻahraMerlin Publishers Ltd
Irvin Vella, Investigatur Virtwali: Il-Każ PegasusJohn A. Bonello; Francesca Grech (ill.)Merlin Publishers Ltd
Fuq il-Muntanja ż-ŻgħiraCharles Casha; Vincianne Scerri (ill.)Merlin Publishers Ltd
Iġri Jasal il-Milied!Lorraine GaleaPandora
Shadow Finds a HomeAmanda Zahra; Kite Group (ill.)Kite Group
Maggie May: An adoption storyLouiselle Grech; Melanie Grech (ill.)MSPCA
Meta r-Ramel Sar BluDenise MuscatHorizons

Young Adult Literature

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Awtur
Author
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Iżfen MiegħiChris AzzopardiWise Owl Publications
Min Tiela' u Min Nieżel: Ġabra ta' NovelliMarie Louise Ellul; Kite Group (ill.)Kite Group
The Maltaverians: Konnessjoni Inkredibbli tal-Imħuħ (Ħarġa 2) / An Amazing Touch of Minds (Issue 2)Martin G. Debattista; Robert Caruana (ill.)Malta Digital Innovation Authority
Iż-Żmien Kurjuż taż-ŻgħożijaClare Azzopardi, Glen Calleja (edi / eds)Aġenzija Żgħażagħ
Danika Tiddeċiedi: Rumanz għaż-ŻgħażagħCharles CashaKlabb Kotba Maltin
The Summer of the Great StormCharles EynaudMidsea Books

Picture books translated into Maltese (ages 0-7)

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Traduttur
Translator
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Oħlom X'Se Ssir (Joseph T. Garcia; Kimberley Barnes ill.)Karl SciclunaBDL Publishing
L-Istorja ta' Peter il-Fenek (Beatrix Potter)Terence PortelliHorizons
Iddeverti Kemm Tiflaħ, Binti! (Mandy Archer; Shane Crampton ill.)Janet MalliaBDL Publishing
Nista' Nagħmel kollox: 1! Yaz Akçura)Faraxa PublishingFaraxa Publishing
Nista' Nagħmel kollox: 2!(Yaz Akçura)Faraxa PublishingFaraxa Publishing
Din Xi Pjaneta Hi? (Eduarda Lima)Rachel PortelliMerlin Publishers
Lupu Lupettu Jrid Imur l-Iskola (Orianne Lallemand; Éléonore Thuillier ill.)Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers
Lupu Lupettu Jsir il-Mexxej tal-Foresta (Orianne Lallemand; Éléonore Thuillier ill.)Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers

Children’s Literature translated into Maltese (ages 8-12)

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Traduttur
Translator
Pubblikatur
Publisher
It-Taħriġ tal-Pappagall (Rabindranath Tagore; Shokofeh Ghafari ill.)Terence PortelliHorizons
1, 2, 3, Qatt Tinkwieta (Noel Foy; Olga & Aleksey Ivanov ill.)Janet MalliaBDL Publishing
L-Awdaċi Detektiv Eda Fostna: Il-Ħallelin tal-Mobajls (Yilmaz Yeşildaš; Betül Gönüllü ill.)John A. BonelloFaraxa Publishing
Maskra Ħamra: Sensiela Kif Issir Supereroj 2 (Elias Våhlund; Agnes Våhlund ill.)Antoinette BorgMerlin Publishers
Tifkira ta' Milied (Truman Capote; Beth Peck ill.)Ludvic Azzopardi FerrandoMerlin Publishers
Il-Ħaġar li Jweswes: Sensiela Għanjet il-Lupu (Saviour Pirott; Davide Ortu ill.)Noel TantiKlabb Kotba Maltin

Young Adult Literature in Translation

Titlu tal-ktieb
Book title
Traduttur
Translator
Pubblikatur
Publisher
Fake ta' Veru (Nereida Carrillo; Alberto Montt ill.)David AloisioMerlin Publishers Ltd
Aqla' Kjass!: Disa' Stejjer ta' Sfida (Il Castoro ed.)Clare AzzopardiMerlin Publishers Ltd

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