The National Book Prize (NBP) is the highest literary prize awarded to authors, publishers and illustrators for works published locally during the preceding year.
The National Book Prize 2019 awards ceremony, for books published in 2018, will be held on Monday 9 December at Auberge de Castille under the patronage of the Prime Minister of Malta. Winning authors together with the publishers of the winning books will be invited to receive their prize during the private ceremony.
In total, 34 books have made National Book Prize shortlist across seven of the eight Prize categories: Novels in Maltese and English, Short Stories in Maltese and English, Poetry in Maltese and English, Translation, General Research and Biographical and Historiographical Research and Literary Non-Fiction – new to this year’s edition. No submissions have been received in the Drama category. An independent board, appointed specifically and solely for the purpose of adjudicating the Prize, has evaluated the submissions according to a set of criteria. These, along with the Prize regulations, can be downloaded here.
The history of the National Book Prize dates back to 1971. The Terramaxka Prize for books for children and adolescents also forms part of the National Book Prize, but the awards ceremony takes place during a private ceremony coinciding with the opening of the Malta Book Festival. This year it was held on Tuesday 5 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre. The National Book Prize is more adult-oriented with its eight categories. In addition to these and to the prestigious Lifetime Achievement and the Best Emergent Writer Awards, starting this year a Poet Laureate Award could be bestowed upon the writer who, if announced the recipient of the National Book Prize for poetry, would have previously won any other past National Book Prize edition. A Best Book Production Award will also be bestowed upon the best designed book published in 2018.
A significant development this year round is the monetary value of each Prize. All winners in each category of the National Book Prize shall be awarded the sum of €4,000 instead of €1,000 awarded until last year. The same applies for the Best Emergent Writer and Poet Laureate Awards.
This year the categories of General Research, and the Biographical and Historiographical Research carry a significant number of shortlisted titles, as does the category of Short Stories in Maltese and English. Only three titles have been shortlisted for the category of Novels in Maltese and English, and two for the Poetry category. Four finalists have made it to the Translations category, and two titles have been shortlisted for the category of Literary Non-Fiction.
The National Book Prize 2019 shortlist has been published last July – members of the public are encouraged to refer to the list as a reliable indicator of the finest literature published in 2018.
Follow the press releases of the National Book Council, its Facebook page and website for all the latest news. The list of this year’s National Book Prize winners will be published in local newspapers.
- The National Book Prize ceremony is cancelled
- National Book Prize 2019 – Date Announcement
- The Malta Book Festival opened tonight: Terramaxka Prize 2019
- Surprises and new trends: the shortlist of 2019 National Book Prize
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka 2019 - the shortlist
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- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize 2019 – applications are open
- Lillian Sciberras: Lifetime Achievement Award 2018
- National Book Prize 2018 Award Ceremony
- National Book Prize 2018 winners announced tomorrow
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- The main local guests at the Malta Book Festival: Lou Drofenik and Victor Fenech
- Mistiedna lokali ewlenin waqt il-Festival Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb: Lou Drofenik u Victor Fenech
- New trends and surprises in the National Book Prize shortlist 2018
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Shortlist 2018
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize 2018
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka 2018
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize - Applications
- Award-giving Ceremony for the National Book Prize 2017
- National Book Prize 2017
- Malta Book Festival opens today: Terramaxka Prize 2017
- Release of Shortlist of the National Book Prize 2017
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize Participants 2017
- Adjudication Process of the National Book Prize has started
- Malta’s Highlight at London Book Fair 2017
- Applications for the National Book Prize 2017 are out
- Malta at the New Literature from Europe Festival NY
- Winners of the National Book Prize 2016
- Winners of the Terramaxka Book Prize 2016
- NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2016 and TERRAMAXKA BOOK PRIZE 2016 SHORTLIST
- The History of the National Book Prize
- National Book Prize and Terramaxka Prize Participants 2016
- Notice // National Book Prize 2016 (Books 2015) submission period is open
- Annual Report 2015
- Winners of the National Book Prize 2015
- Announcement: National Book Prize 2015 Ceremony
- Winners of the Terramaxka Book Prize 2015
- Terramaxka Prize 2015 Contenders
- National Book Prize 2015 Shortlist
- Terramaxka Prize 2015: the National Prize for Children and Adolescents’ Books
- List of participants for NATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2015 and TERRAMAXKA PRIZE 2015
- Applications are out for National Book Prize 2015
- Donation of National Book Prize Winning Books to CPL
- Annual Report 2014
- National Book Prize: Books 2013
- National Book Prize Finalists - 2013 Books
- The National Book Prize: BOOKS 2013
- National Book Prize: Books 2012