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

The Marvels

by Brian Selznick

2015 Finalist · Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels

In Brian Selznick's unique graphic hybrid style, Marvels draws the reader into a dizzying tale of shipwreck,, theater, family, and legacy. We follow the generations of Marvels as they perform on various stages, and lead lives both admirable and dissolute… and then look again, as a modern descendant, ... [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. 9: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 17: 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