It’s hard to contain our excitement – 4 out of 10 of our authors have been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2024!

In its 10th anniversary year, our authors who are in the shortlist include:

Gwen & Art Are Not In Love, a queer romance set in Arthurian England by Lex Croucher. Since its publication in May 2023 with Bloomsbury, the novel has received notable award nominations, including Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards 2024 and the upcoming TikTok Book Awards 2024 for British/Irish book of the Year.

How To Die Famous by Benjamin Dean, a crime thriller of going undercover to seek the truth of Hollywood’s scandal. Published in July 2023 with Simon & Schuster, it was inspired by Dean’s past career as a celebrity journalist and was also shortlisted for the recent Jhalak Prize 2024 for Children’s & YA.

Every Exquisite Thing by Laura Steven, a horror-thriller-romance retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray published in September 2023 with Electric Monkey. Steven was previously shortlisted for the YA Book Prize in 2023 for her dark academia title, The Society for Soulless Girls.

Murder On A School Night by Kate Weston, a comedy thriller following two girls solving a series of crimes committed with menstrual products, also published by Electric Monkey in July 2023. Its sequel, Murder On A Summer Break is set to release on 4th July 2024.

Organised by The Bookseller, The YA Book Prize launched in 2014 to celebrate great books for teens and young adults. For the third year, it is organised in association with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Last year’s prize winner went to When Our Worlds Collided by another one of our amazing YA authors, Danielle Jawando.

Congratulations Lex, Ben, Laura and Kate! We could not be more thrilled and are so proud of each of you!

The winner of the YA Book Prize 2024 will be announced at the festival during a ceremony on 22nd August. See the full shortlist here.