Publisher & Author Submissions

Although we have grown considerably since our first year, we stay close to our grassroots origins, and our primary nominations come from the general public. We want to hear from readers what books they loved. Most of our nominations come from adults working with children or bloggers with an interest in children’s literature. However, sometimes good books get overlooked during our public nomination period, so we added a period for publishers and authors to submit their own books after the public nomination period is ended.

We want to make sure we are considering every book we should be considering for the award, and this is your opportunity to have a book considered that may have been overlooked. We ask that books you submit cannot be promoted as nominees, we want to reserve that title for books nominated by someone not connected with the book. However, every book submitted has a fair and equal chance of winning, and some publisher submissions have been selected as finalists or winners in past years.

In Cybils Awards lingo, submitting a book just means letting us know that you’d like it considered.  You may submit titles for consideration between October 16-25. Books nominated by the public do not need to be resubmitted by the publisher, although we do welcome review copies of those titles.

Whether or not you are submitting titles, please make sure we have your contact information for our database by sending it to Sheila Ruth at so that we can contact you regarding your nominated titles. You will receive occasional email notification, no more than 4-6 messages a year, of dates and information important to publishers.

Instructions for Submitting

  1. Books must be published in the U.S or Canada with a publication date between October 16, 2016, and October 15, 2017. Books must be widely available to be eligible. (Books only available from the author or publisher website are not eligible).
  2. We do accept self-published titles.
  3. Our primary criteria are kid appeal and literary merit. We’re looking for those books which best combine both.
  4. Books which are only available as ebooks are eligible in the three YA categories and Poetry only. For all other categories, there must be a print edition, although we can accept ebooks for review copies in all categories.
  5. Download the spreadsheet at this link: Cybils 2017 Publisher_Author Submissions
  6. Fill out the spreadsheet exactly as instructed. Please do not include any extra information. The spreadsheet is processed by a computer, and extra information will confuse the loading program. Spreadsheets filled out incorrectly will be returned.
  7. The category should be selected from the drop-down list in the field so that it exactly matches one of our category names:
    • Board Books
    • Early Chapter Books
    • Easy Readers
    • Elementary Nonfiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
    • Junior High Nonfiction
    • Fiction Picture Books
    • Middle Grade Fiction
    • Middle-Grade Nonfiction
    • Poetry
    • Senior High Nonfiction
    • Young Adult Fiction
    • Young Adult Graphic Novels
    • Young Adult Speculative Fiction
  8. You may submit up to 10% of your books published in 2017, rounded. (Books nominated by the general public don’t count towards the 10%.) If you published fewer than 10 books, you may still submit one book.
  9. Send the spreadsheet between October 16-25 to

*If you have an older version of Excel and the spreadsheet above doesn’t work, try this version of the spreadsheet in the older Excel format.