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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Current Phase: Round 1 Judging

Public nominations and publisher/author submissions are now closed. A big thank you to everyone who nominated, submitted, and supported us on social media!

Judges are currently reading and discussing the nominees. The shortlists of 5-7 finalists in each category will be announced January 1. Add to your RSS reader, or subscribe to our newsletter to be notified when finalists are announced.

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Featured Book

The Lost Boy

by Greg Ruth

2013 Finalist · Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels

Greg Ruth's Lost Boy is a delightfully spooky romp through a parallel world, in which our main characters, isolated due to life circumstances, find belonging and redemption in two worlds, ordinary and extraordinary. There are many things to love about this graphic novel. The writing is suspenseful, ... [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

Important Dates

  • August 18: Call for judges
  • Sept. 5: Deadline for judging application
  • Sept. 15: 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
  • Jan. 1: Finalists announced
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 12: Round 2 reading period
  • Feb. 12: Winners list due
  • Feb. 14: Winners announced