Awards Process

Nominations for the next year's awards are submitted September-October each year. From the eligible nominations, a longlist of 20 titles for each Medal is published in February and an eight strong shortlist for each Medal in March. The winners for both medals are announced at a ceremony in June.

The selection process is organised by the Youth Libraries Group (YLG), one of CILIP's Special Interest Groups, which itself has over 3000 members. 12 children's librarians - members of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group - form the panel of judges. The judges read and assess each title, and a longlist for each Medal will be announced in February 2017, followed by a shortlist for each Medal to be announced in March 2017. The winning titles will be announced at an awards ceremony in June 2017.

You can find out about recent shortlists and winners on the press desk and the most recent shortlist is featured on the award shadowing pages.

View the 2016 Awards Timetable

Nominations

Nominations for the 2017 awards will open on 1 September 2016 and run to 6 October 2015. The full list of verified nominations will be published on the Press Desk in late October.

Titles are nominated by members of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Up to 2 titles can be nominated for one or both awards by CILIP members.

All nominations published are checked and verified for their eligibility and have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member. From these nominations the judging panel will meet to decide longlists, based on the official medals criteria, including consideration of plot, characterisation and style. From the longlists our judges will decide the official shortlists and finally, the medal winners.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Awards, titles must have been first published in the UK between 1 September and 31 August of the previous calendar year. Books first published in another country must have been co-published in the UK within three months of the original publication date.

The book must be written in the English language (either as an original work in English or a first English translation of a foreign-language work) and specifically published for children and young people.

The book may be co-authored; however, multiple author anthologies are excluded.

In the case of e-books and short stories or poetry previously published in a magazine or elsewhere, the point of publication should be considered as the date when the work is published as a whole. At least 75% of the complete work must be original material published for the first time within the specified time frame.

All categories of books, including poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels, in print or ebook format, for children and young people are eligible.

Books by previous CILIP Carnegie and/or CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winners are eligible.

Criteria: Carnegie Medal

The book that wins the Carnegie Medal should be a book of outstanding literary quality. The whole work should provide pleasure, not merely from the surface enjoyment of a good read, but also the deeper subconscious satisfaction of having gone through a vicarious, but at the time of reading, a real experience that is retained afterwards.

All criteria will not necessarily be relevant to every title nominated. Where appropriate, consider and assess the following:

Style

Is the style or styles appropriate to the subject and theme?

How successfully has the author created mood, and how appropriate is it to the theme?

Do dialogue and narrative work effectively together?

How effective is the author's use of literary techniques and conventions?

How effective is the author's use of language in conveying setting, atmosphere, characters, action etc.?

Were rhyme or rhythm are used, is their use accomplished and imaginative?

Where factual information is presented, is this accurate and clear?

The plot

Is it well-constructed?

Does the author appear in control of the plot, making definite and positive decisions about the direction events take and the conclusions they reach?

Do events happen, not necessarily logically, but acceptably within the limits set by the theme?

Is the final resolution of the plot credible in relation to the rest of the book?

Characterisation

Are the characters believable and convincing?

Are they well-rounded, and do they develop during the course of the book?

Do they interact with each other convincingly?

Are the characters' behaviour and patterns of speech consistent with their known background and environment?

Do they act consistently in character throughout the book?

How effectively are the characters revealed through narration, dialogue, action, inner dialogue and through the thoughts, reactions and responses of others?

Criteria - Kate Greenaway Medal

The book that wins the Kate Greenaway Medal should be a book of outstanding artistic quality. The whole work should provide pleasure from a stimulating and satisfying visual experience which leaves a lasting impression. Illustrated work needs to be considered primarily in terms of its graphic elements, and where text exists particular attention should be paid to the synergy between the two.

All criteria will not necessarily be relevant to every title nominated. Where appropriate, consider and assess the following:

The artistic style

Is the medium is appropriate?

Is the artist's personal style creative and distinctive?

Does the style work with the subject?

Is there a consistent quality of illustration throughout the book?

The format

Is the typography (i.e. format, typeface, print size, spacing, novelty features etc.) integral or intrusive?

Does the layout draw the reader in or is it distracting?

How appropriate are the size and shape of the book?

What use is made of covers, end-papers and title page?

Synergy of illustration and text

Are there recurring visual themes or images that enhance the reader's understanding of the book?

How well do the illustrations and text relate to each other in terms of layout?

Are the images and text consistent with each other?

Do the illustrations enhance the text or are they 'pictorial upholstery', i.e. for decorative purposes only?

In the case of information books, how accurate and clear are the illustrations?

The visual experience

How well does the book either offer the reader new experiences, or reflect their pre-existing experiences?

Does the book succeed in working at different levels for different readers?

What are the aesthetic qualities of the book?

What is the overall impact of the book on the reader?