How to enter

The New Zealand Book Awards Trust is calling for entries for the 2021 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, for New Zealand books published between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Please note that there are two submission deadlines. You are asked to send your entries in these two tranches for ease of sending to the judges.

  • For books published between 1 April 2020 and 30 November 2020, submissions open on Wednesday 20 November, and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 15 December 2020
  • For books published between 1 December 2020 and 31 March 2021, submissions open on Friday 13 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 19 February 2021

For books in the second tranche, bound page proofs will be accepted where books are not yet printed; finished books must arrive with the Awards Administrator by 5pm on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

Click here to download the 2021 Call for Entries Pack. Please read this carefully before completing the entry form.

Entries are now open. All entries must be completed online.

The finalists for the 2021 Awards will be announced on Thursday 10 June 2021, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in Wellington in mid-August 2021.

Any queries about the Awards should be directed to the Awards Administrator at