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 8 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.

Rules and regulations may be found below.

Applications opened on 2 March 2019 and deadline for application is 16 April 2019 at noon. The entries will then be evaluated by the board of adjudication. The shortlist will be released on 26 August, and will include both the Terramaxka and National Book Prize for adults titles. The Terramaxka Prize ceremony will be on 5 November during the opening night of the Malta Book Festival 2019, while the National Book Prize ceremony will take place at Auberge de Castille in the last week of November.

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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 2019

Regulations // National Book Prize 2019

 

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

Criteria Novel

Criteria Short Story

Criteria Poetry

Criteria Drama

Criteria Literary Nonfiction

Criteria Translation

Criteria General Research

Criteria Biographical and Historiographic Research

 

The Categories and Criteria of the National Book Prize for Children and Adolescents (Terramaxka Prize) – Adjudication Guidelines and 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