The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually for the writing of an outstanding book for children and young people.
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.
The book must have received its first publication in the United Kingdom or have had co-publication elsewhere within a three month time lapse. 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 Carnegie medal winners are eligible
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: