Current Phase: Call for Judges

The 2016 Cybils Awards kick off with the call for judges. If you contribute regularly to a blog, podcast, or vlog about any aspect of children’s or young adult literature, please consider applying to be a judge. It’s a lot of work, but it also may be the most fun you have this year. See the call for judges here, and please make sure that the sample posts you submit allow us to adequately evaluate your expertise, writing style, and preferences.

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Featured Book

Blackbird Fly

by Erin Entrada Kelly

2015 Finalist · Middle Grade Fiction

Middle school ain't easy. Just ask Apple Yengko, who learns that it's hard being different in a sea full of many who are the same. She just wants to be a rock star and play her heart out but with her traditional Filipina mother wanting Apple to make her sole focus on school, let's just say becoming the ... [Read More]

Featured Blogger

Do you know a blogger  from the Cybils community who deserves to be our featured blogger of the week? It could be anyone who supports the Cybils community, whether or not they’ve ever been a judge. Send your nomination, along with a paragraph about the person and why you’re nominating them, to the Cybils Blog Editor Melissa Fox: blogeditor (at) cybils (dot) com

Cybils Awards Mission

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

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Important Dates

  • August 17: Call for judges
  • Sept. 14: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 19: Judges announced.
  • Oct. 1: Nominations open
  • Oct. 15: Nominations close
  • October 16-25: Publisher submissions
  • Oct. 1-Dec. 29: Round 1 reading period
  • December 1: Round 1 review copy deadline
  • Dec. 29: Short lists due from judges
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due from judges
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced