Frequently Asked Questions
Any English or bilingual books published in the U.S. or Canada between the end of one contest and start of another. For 2017, that means books released between Oct. 16, 2016 and Oct. 15, 2017. Books that were eligible or nominated in previous years are not eligible for nomination this year unless significantly revised (at least 20% of the book is changed.) The Cybils only accepts titles published specifically for the youth market. We determine audience based on publisher data, Library of Congress, traditional review sources such as Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and other traditional industry sources. Information found on other sites, including reviews, will be considered at the discretion of Cybils administration. Eligible titles must be widely available in the US and/or Canada through public libraries, or online booksellers. Titles that are only available through book clubs and/or author or publisher websites by October 15 of the award year are not eligible. There may be situations not mentioned that preclude eligibility due to availability. The Cybils retains the right to declare ineligible any title we deem doesn’t meet Cybils availability criteria. PLEASE NOTE: Ebooks not also available in print are ONLY accepted in Poetry, YA SF, YA Fiction, and YA Nonfiction.
We provide publishers, authors, and publicists a separate window to submit books after the public nomination period ends. This gives you a chance to see what books have been nominated, and to submit any deserving books that fell through the cracks. You may submit up to 10% of your 2017 children’s/YA list. We ask that you do not submit your own books during the public nomination period. After Oct. 15, we’ll be in touch to let you know what books have been nominated, and give you a chance to submit any additional ones. We do ask that you send review copies, physical or digital, of any books that you submit. Review copies of publicly nominated books will be optional, as always, but it’s often helpful if you can get us a few. We can accept review copies as print or ebooks. For book apps, we’ll need promo codes or gift codes to enable judges to download the app. Please don’t contact judges directly. We’ll be sorting out who needs what to prevent duplication. To make sure you’re on the list to receive information, please send an email to Sheila Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!