Q: Who can take part in the awards?
A: All KS3 and KS4 students who attend schools in Buckinghamshire can participate in the awards.
Q: I go to school in Bucks, but I don’t think my school is taking part, what can I do?
A: All votes must be submitted by your school, so why not speak to your school Librarian or English teacher.
Q: I live in Buckinghamshire, but I go to school out of county, can I take part?
A: Currently we only work with schools in Bucks, however, our plans do include involving all young people living or attending schools in Bucks, so watch this space!
Q: I work in a school and I have just found out about the awards, is it too late for my school to take part?
A: The only time it will be too late to participate is once the vote closes to decide the winner! You can join in the awards process at any stage. All you need to do is download the publicity material and you are ready to go. If you have any questions, please use the Contact Us option on the top menu.
Q: How many students do I need to participate?
A: We have no constraints on how many or few students take part. You can run it with one or more KS3/4 Year Groups or with a single class or even with your reading group.
Q: What are the different stages?
Students forward titles that they would like to see on the longlist. They can nominate as many titles as they like, the only restriction is that they must all be published within the eligibility dates (see timetable)
2. SHORTLIST VOTE
As soon as the longlist (12 titles) is announced, voting to decide the shortlist opens. Students can vote for up to 6 books. For 2021 we will have two ages groups Children’s (KS3) and Older Teenage (KS4)
3. WINNER’S VOTE
The final stage of voting, where students vote for the book they want to win.
4. WINNER’S ANNOUNCEMENT
All participating schools will be invited to attend a winner’s ceremony. We normally have guest author who delivers a talk about their work and then goes on to announce the winner.