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The National Book Prize is the highest literary prize assigned to authors, publishers and illustrators for books published in Malta during the preceding year. Titles are shortlisted and awarded according to the various categories of the National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize for children’s and adolescents’ literature. The National Book Prize is evaluated by an independent adjudication board ensuring the highest degree of transparency and fairness.

The winners of the 2021 National Book Prize will be announced on Friday 10 December.

View the 2021 National Book Prize Shortlist.

The Terramaxka Prize

 

The Terramaxka Prize ceremony was held on the opening night of the 2021 Malta Book Festival.

View the winning titles here.

National Book Prize Regulations and Criteria

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

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Regulations // National Book Prize 2021

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 AND 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

Previous editions

2020

The 2020 National Book Prize awards ceremony was held entirely online for the very first time and streamed on the National Book Council Facebook page and website on 18 December.

 The full list of the 2019 National Book Prize winners.

2019

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.

The full list of the 2019 National Book Prize winners.

All National Book Prize winners can be viewed at The National Book Prize History page.

 

The 2021 National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize – shortlist announced

The application period for the 2021 National Book Prize: books published in 2020 was open between 8 March –  26 April 2021.

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.

Entries will then be evaluated by the board of adjudication and the longlist was announced at the end of April 2021: https://ktieb.org.mt/news/the-national-book-prize-and-terramaxka-prize-2021-the-longlist/

The shortlist of both the Terramaxka and National Book Prize for adults titles will be announced at the beginning of August 2021.

The Terramaxka Prize ceremony will take place in November during the opening night of the 2021 Malta Book Festival, while the 2021 National Book Prize award ceremony date will be announced later this year.

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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 2021

Regulations // National Book Prize 2021

 

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 AND 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

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The 2020 National Book Prize awards ceremony was held entirely online for the very first time and streamed on the National Book Council Facebook page and website on 18 December. We are therefore extending our invitation to the public to join us for the announcement of the best books published locally in 2019.

We would also like to take this opportunity to encourage the public to keep reading and purchasing shortlisted Maltese publications and more from the online shops of local publishers. More information from where you can find local publications for sale online can be found here: https://ktieb.org.mt/national-book-festival-2020-publishers/

 

 

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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.