The 2020 National Book Prize shortlist has been announced in July 2020 and can be accessed here.

The shortlist includes 68 shortlisted titles out of a total of 182 longlisted works; 44 books have been shortlisted in the nine categories for publications for adults, and 24 books for the Terramaxka Prize. Shortlisted titles can be purchased from all bookstores, publishers’ online shop and at the upcoming Malta Book Festival 2020 (11–15 November) at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

The National Book Prize is the highest literary prize assigned to authors, publishers and illustrators for work published locally the year before. The shortlisted titles and the winning titles in the now 9 categories of the National Book Prize for Adults and the 6 categories of the Terramaxka Prize (National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents) are selected by an independent board of adjudication, whose members are obliged to follow a set of criteria in their evaluation order to ensure the highest degree of transparency and fairness as is appropriate for such an important and prestigious prize.

Criteria and regulations may be found below.

Applications for the 2020 National Book Prize were open between 6 March –  20 April 2020 at 12 noon.

The Terramaxka Prize ceremony will take place on 10 November during the opening night of the Malta Book Festival 2020, while the 2020 National Book Prize award ceremony date will be announced later this year.

The 2019 National Book Prize ceremony was held on 30 January 2020 at San Anton Palace under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Malta, His Excellency George Vella. Follow this link for the full list of the 2019 National Book Prize winners.

 

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Below please find the Application Form and Regulations of the National Book Prize (including the Terramaxka Prize)

Application // National Book Prize 2020

Regulations // National Book Prize 2020

 

The Categories and Criteria of the National Book Prize for Adults – Adjudication Guidelines and Criteria – are as follows:

NOVELS IN MALTESE AND ENGLISH: Criteria

SHORT STORIES MALTESE AND ENGLISH: Criteria

POETRY IN MALTESE: Criteria

POETRY IN ENGLISH: Criteria

DRAMA (MALTESE AND ENGLISH): Criteria

LITERARY NON-FICTION: Criteria

TRANSLATION: Criteria

GENERAL RESEARCH: Criteria

BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORIOGRAPHIC RESEARCH: Criteria

 

The Categories and Criteria of the National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents (Terramaxka Prize) – Adjudication Criteria – are as follows:

Criteria 0-7yrs ORIGINAL WORK

Criteria 8-12 yrs ORIGINAL WORK

Criteria 13-16 yrs ORIGINAL WORK

Criteria 0-7 yrs TRANSLATION

Criteria 8-12yrs TRANSLATION

Criteria 13-16yrs TRANSLATION