Submissions for the 2021 Award are open until February 14th 2021

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2021 PRIZE ARE NOW OPEN UNTIL FEBRUARY 14th. Please read the guidelines carefully and contact us with any queries.

2021 guidelines


The Little Rebels Children’s Book Award recognises and awards radical children’s fiction. It is an award which runs parallel to the Alliance of Radical Booksellers’ Bread & Roses Award for adult non-fiction.

What do you mean by a ‘radical fiction book’?

For the purposes of this award, a ‘radical fiction book’ is defined as a story which-

*is informed by any of the following: anti-discriminatory, environmental, socialist, anarchist, feminist concerns


*promotes social equality or challenges stereotypes and/or the status quo or builds children’s awareness of issues in society


*promotes social justice and a more peaceful and fairer world.

nb: submissions to and winners of the award for previous years can be seen on this site; do please take a look at these as they are a good indication of the sorts of submissions which have been accepted in the past.

How do I enter a book?

Books must be submitted by publishers (not individuals). Please send four copies of each book to:

Fen Coles/Little Rebels Children’s Book Award
c/o Letterbox Library
Unit 151 Stratford Workshops
Burford Rd, Stratford
London E15 2SP

A total of approximately six books will be shortlisted and forwarded to the judges. Additional copies (up to twelve) of the shortlisted books will be requested at this stage.

There is no entry fee for nominated titles but publishers will be asked for £100 per shortlisted title as a contribution to marketing costs.

What are the entry criteria?

Submitted books should fall under the definition of a ‘radical fiction book’- see above.

Submitted books must be targeted at ages Birth-12; teen & YA books will not be considered.

Only fiction and story books will be considered (ie: no resource/information books). These can be picture books, chapter books or beginner readers. Boardbooks for babies & toddlers are also positively invited for submission and in these cases, both fiction & non-fiction content are acceptable.

The 1st edition of the book must be/have been physically published between Jan 1st and Dec 31st 2020.

All nominated titles must be received by February 14th 2021.

The book must have been published in the UK.

The author(s) or, in the case of picture books, either the author or illustrator, must be primarily resident in the UK.

Self-published books are not eligible; all books must have an ISBN.

Books must be published in a physical form.

What is the timeline for the award?

Closing date for nominations: February 14th 2021.

Shortlist to be announced: April 2021

Winner to be announced at an award ceremony in London in July 2021.

What is the Prize?

There will be one winning cash prize – amount to be confirmed later in the year.

Who are the judges?

Find out about the 2021 guest judges here.


As always, the shortlist will be promoted widely through the book trade, the radical publishing community, on Twitter, Facebook and through Letterbox Library and Housmans Bookshop’s  own education and book bloggers’ networks (schools, nurseries, children’s centres etc.).

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