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The Diverse Book Awards 2022

Created by award-winning author Abiola Bello and award-winning publicist Helen Lewis, co-founders of The Author School. We want to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK & Ireland during 2021, both traditionally and self-published. We believe there's a need to showcase the talent of marginalised voices, so we came up with The Diverse Book Awards to open a space where the spotlight is on them.

Now in our third year! CLOSED!

Over 100 entries for this years awards! Our hearts are so full. THANK YOU!

Please save these dates.

LONGLIST: 28th July

SHORTLIST: 20th September

IN PERSON AWARDS: 20th October

More details to come!



Our 2021 Winners

Best Children's Book

Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephaniah

(Scholastic Children’s Books) 

Best Young Adult Book

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

(Penguin Random House Children's) 

Best Adult Book 

A More Perfect Union by Tammye Huf

(Myriad Editions) 

Watch The Diverse Book Awards Ceremony 2021

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

For PR enquiries please email info@literallypr.com 

Official blogger is Samia Aziz @readwithsamia


The three winners from each category will receive a bundle of prizes including a trophy, VIP ticket to all author marketing workshops for the year hosted by Literally PR’s ‘100 Club’, editorial content in Pen&Inc and the opportunity to be part of the winners panel hosted by The Author School. That Playlist Book Box will have a limited edition winners book box.

The YA and Children's winner will have a dedicated page on Peters website, and a book signing at Wonderland Bookshop.

The Children's winner will be part of an online panel hosted by Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, featured as a World Book Day UK Book Club pick and be part of Big Wig Children's Festival at the Wigtown Book Festival.

The YA winner will be part of the National Teen Book Club, a UK wide virtual book club for teens and Wigtown YA at the Wigtown Book Festival.

The Adult winner will do a book signing at Pages of Hackney bookshop.


Sponsored by

Peters Children's Headline

Book Clubs In Schools  YA Headline

Literally PR

Madeleine Milburn Literacy Agency

Wigtown YA

Bigwig Festival

World of Diversity

Pen & Inc

Pages of Hackney Bookshop

Wonderland Bookshop

World Book Day UK

Book Brilliance Publishing

That Playlist Book Box

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