Applications for the 2021 National Book Prize: books published in 2020 are open between 8 March – 26 April 2021 at 12 noon.
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 will be announced at the end of April 2021. The shortlist of both the Terramaxka and National Book Prize for adults titles will be announced at the end of July 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.
Below please find the Application Form and Regulations of the National Book Prize (including the Terramaxka Prize)
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
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:
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/
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.