How to Submit a Book App for the Cybils Literary Awards

| October 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Logo for Cybils 2012

Every year, Cybils, or the Children and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awardsare given out for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Nominations are open to the public from October 1st through the 15th, using a simple form. This period is over for 2012, but the nomination period for publishers is now open, running from October 16th through the 31st. During this time, publishers are invited to submit up to 10% of their titles published since October 16th, 2011. Submitting nominations during both periods is free.

Last year was the first year book apps were considered for Cybils, among the other formats and genres (including both print and digital titles). This year, another group of talented judges is looking forward to selecting the top titles nominated. While only 5-7 books will make the short list for apps (and only one can win the award), every title nominated is read by the panel, including at 7-12 professional book bloggers who focus on or have expertise in digital children’s literature.

This means, if you have a book app, submitting through this quick and free process will get your book a fair amount of consideration. This can translate into a review or feature for many of the nominated apps later in the year, even if they do not make it from the 1st to 2nd round of judging (Note: there is no guarantee your app will receive a review but it will be considered by influential bloggers, which is no small thing in a world of so much media ‘noise’).

You can find out even more about the awards on the Cybils FAQ page.

How to Nominate as a Publisher

From October 16-31st, publishers are encouraged to submit no more than 10% of their 2012 children’s/YA list; if less than 10 books were published in 2012, one book may be submitted. Many publishers are already in the Cybils database from previous years and may receive an email inviting them to submit, but if not, please send email directly to:

Sheila RuthCybils Awards Publisher Liaison

Once publisher’s have made contact with Sheila Ruth, they will be asked to provide the following information via email: Title/Author/Illustrator/Creator (as you would like it to appear on the website), Publisher/Developer Name, ISBN or Amazon ASIN if any, iTunes link and Track ID for apps, Small image (72 pixels in the longest dimension)

There is no entry fee, but Cybils does ask that publishers provide review copies (print or digital) for any books nominated, (or iTunes codes for apps) to make sure judges have access to evaluate them. A maximum of 7 copies of each book for Round 1 will be needed, and a maximum of 5 for Round 2 should it make the shortlist. Judges need to receive review copies or codes no later than December 1.

Books must be published in the U.S. or Canada with an original publication date between October 16, 2011 and October 15, 2012*. (Books published previously in other countries are admitted, so long as they have a U.S. or Canadian publication date between 10/16/2011 and 10/15/2012 – this includes anything published in the U.S. or Canadian iTunes Store*). Books must be specifically published for the children’s or YA market to be eligible.

* Publication dates for iOS (Apple) apps are based on the first launch date in iTunes, irregardless of later updates.

To see what has been nominated so far for 2012:

For Discussion:

What other literary awards do you think should begin to include book apps?

Category: All About Apps

About the Author ()

Carisa Kluver is the the editor of, an iPad children's book review site. She has a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MSW from the University of Washington. Before starting this project, she was a school counselor, health educator and researcher in child & maternal health.