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The Diverse Book Awards 2021

Created by The Author School. We want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2020, both traditionally and self-published. We believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so we came up with The DBAwards to open a space where the spotlight is on them. 


UK based authors only. 

Authors and publishers can submit any children's, young adult or adult fiction book published in 2020 that features Black, Asian, Latin American and and/or inclusive main characters.

Publishers can submit up to five books. Authors can submit up to two books.

Opens January 13th 2021. 

Apply to be a 2021 judge, sponsor or blogger

Our 2020 Winners

Best Children's Book

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

(Orion Children’s Books) 

Best Young Adult Book

Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung

(Andersen Press) 

Best Adult Book 

This Green and Pleasant Land by Ayisha Malik


Watch The Diverse Book Awards Ceremony 2020

For more info please email hello@thediversebookawards.co.uk

For PR enquiries please email info@literallypr.com 

Official blogger is Tenelle Ottley-Matthew. 


The three winners from each category will receive a bundle of prizes including a trophy, a six-month PR and marketing membership of Literally PR’s ‘100 Club’, a This Is Book Love bookshop listing, editorial content in Pen & Inc, the opportunity to be part of an author panel event to be hosted by The Author School, and participation in Margate Bookie online festival program in November alongside Lewis and Bello. The Children's winner will have their book featured as part of World Book Day Book Club




Sponsored by

Hashtag BLAK,

Literally PR,

Pen & Inc and

This is Book Love

World Book Day UK