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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.

CLOSED. Have a look a the Longlist!

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 Danielle Greaves


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 feature and virtual event with Back To Books, editorial content in Bad Form and Pen&Inc, the opportunity to be part of two author panel events - hosted by The Author School and the other with Simon & Schuster.

The Children's winner will have their book featured as part of World Book Day Book Club and a school visit organised by World of Diversity.

The YA winner will be part of Wigtown YA Literary Festival and a school visit organised by World of Diversity.

The Children's and YA winner will be featured on Tiny Revolution's website and included in their catalogue of books.

Our YA headline sponsor is Book Clubs In Schools and the YA winner will be part of the National Teen Book Club, a UK wide virtual book club for teens.




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Sponsored by

Book Clubs In Schools  YA Headline Sponsor 

Literally PR,

Bad Form

Simon & Schuster

Back To Books

World Book Day UK


Wigtown YA

World of Diversity

Tiny Revolution

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