The Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), organized by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), has announced the opening of registrations for the Sharjah Children's Book Award and SCRF Visually Impaired Book Award. The deadline for receiving entries for both awards is Sunday, March 13, 2022.
The awards aim to encourage authors to produce high-quality works in the field of children’s literature and help develop children’s literary and cultural abilities, improve their literary awareness, and enrich libraries with children’s books.
"The awards seek to promote excellence in children’s writing and illustration, and we invite authors, illustrators, and children's book publishing houses to submit entries for the Sharjah Children's Book Award and SCRF Visually Impaired Book Award,” said General Coordinator of SCRF Khoula Al Mujaini.
“The two awards play a vital role in enriching children's libraries with diverse and qualitative works that nurture a sense of belonging and forges strong connections with the Arab culture.”
She added: "The criteria for the award's submissions seek to improve the children’s book industry standards and motivate stakeholders to present works that are rich in editorial and visual content and production techniques. This is in line with SBA's vision to celebrate and recognize notable works that appeal to young readers.”
The Sharjah Children's Book Award targets three categories: Arabic Children's books (4 - 12 years), Arabic Young Adult books (13 - 17 years), and English-language based International Children's books (7 - 13 years). The award is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers. Winners in each category will receive AED 20,000.
The submission criteria stipulate that the nominated book must be new and unique in its field. Revised editions are not eligible for nomination and the book must have been published any time in the two years preceding the current SCRF edition.
Furthermore, only books that have not previously won any literary award can be submitted while the nominated author must not have won a prize for the category applied in the past two years. Additionally, translated books or those developed from other books are not accepted.
The same conditions apply for submitting entries for the AED 20,000 SCRF Visually Impaired Book Award. The criteria further states that all books must feature tactile pictures and use different styles to enable three-dimensional images. All images must be accurately glued and fixed.
The text must be printed clearly in large fonts as well as those printed in Braille characters, and must facilitate reading without any interruptions. The books must feature different and clear colors to stimulate the sight of partially sighted children, and should have literary merit.