Announcing the UKYA Blogger Awards Longlist

We are incredibly excited to be announcing the UKYA Blogger Awards Longlist today. Many thanks to all the Publishers, Authors and Book Bloggers who submitted nominations.

A huge congratulations to all the book bloggers on the Longlist.

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Champion Adult Blogger
(INDUSTRY ONLY – VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Bloggers aged 20+.

Andrew Hall         @PewterWolf
Beth                     @bookloverx
Emily                    @TheYANightstand
Gem                     @gemlovesbooks
Jane Evans          @bookswithjane
Jesse Owen         @JesseEverAfter
Jim                       @Yayeahyeah
Jo Clarke             @bookloverJo
Katie Brown         @katiebookqueen
Kirsty                   @overflowingklc
Layla Abby          @readable_life
Maddie & Bee      @MaddieandBee (Heart Full of Books)
Rachel                 @Rachels_Reads
Rachel                 @_sectumsemprah
WithLoveforBooks   @SuzeLavender & @Annieksnowroses
Zoe Collins              @zcollins1994

Champion Teen Blogger
(INDUSTRY ONLY – VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Bloggers aged 13-19.

Amy                      @GoldenBooksGirl
Bex                       @myshelfmyself
Gee (The Bibliomaniac)
Holly Peckitt         @HollyPeckitt
Jess                     @bookendsendings
Liv                        @Livsescape
Lucy Powrie         @LucyTheReader
Samia Sharrif       @ssharifbooks

Champion of Diversity (INDUSTRY ONLY – VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)
Bloggers who actively champion diverse & #ownvoices books/authors/characters. This blogger makes a significant effort to support diverse stories.

Andrew Hall                      @PewterWolf
Charlie                              @charlieinabook
Jim                                    @Yayeahyeah
Jo                                      @Jo_Scribbles
Lauren & Megan               @YABookers
Layla Abby                        @readable_life
Luna’s Little Library           @lunaslibrary
Maddie & Bee                   @MaddieandBee (Heart Full of Books)
Mariam                              @helloiammariam
Michelle                            @cloverness
Nadia                                @scorpioreads
Rachel                             @_sectumsemprah
Sally                                 @TheDarkDictator
Sarah & Sophie               @TLCCBlog
Virginie                            @ChouettBlog

 

Champion Vlogger
(INDUSTRY ONLY – VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Be it discussions, book-challenges or book reviews, this award is about Vloggers who share their book-love passionately. (Their channels may have other content but book reviews/content are the core.)

Amber                 @MileLongBookS
Ben Alderson      @Benjaminoftomes
George Lester    @TheGeorgeLester
Jean (BookishThoughts)
Jen                        @jenvcampbell
Jessikah Stenson @JessikahHope
Lucy Powrie          @LucyTheReader
Lucy Richardson  @thebookbelle
Maddie & Bee      @MaddieandBee (Heart Full of Books)
Sanne                  @booksandquills
Stevie                  @StevieFinegan
Zoe Collins          @zcollins1994

Champion of Social Media
(INDUSTRY ONLY – VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, be it on one or all of these, this blogger excels at sharing what book blogging is about.

Casey Ann          @CaseyAnnBooks
Emma                 @NverJudgeaBook
Grace Latter       @_gracelatter
Kate Ormand      @kateormand
Lucy Powrie        @LucyTheReader
Mia                      @thecosyreader
Michelle Toy        @ChelleyToy
Mike                    @mike_reads
Nadia                  @scorpioreads
Zoe Collins         @zcollins1994

Best Newcomer (0-2 years)
(INDUSTRY & BLOGGER – COMBINATION VOTE)

Bloggers who have started blogging within the last two years.

Amy                     @GoldenBooksGirl
Amy Louise         @tomeswithtea
Briony                  @BrionyAppleton
Jess                     @bookendsendings
Layla Abby          @readable_life
Liv                        @Livsescape
Lois                      @MidnightMusing_
BookMurmation   @lou_nettleton
Rachel                 @Rachels_Reads
Rebecca S          @_rebeccastobart
Sarah                  @_sarahecampbell
Steph Elliott         @eenalol

Best Growing Blogger (2-4 years)
(INDUSTRY & BLOGGER – COMBINATION VOTE)

Bloggers who have been around for a few years, worked to build their blog and are continuing to champion books.

Amy P                  @powisamy
AnnaliseReads    @AnnaliseBooks
Ash                      @ashleighcanflyy
Ashleigh              @frolic_fiction
Ashleigh Macro   @AshleighMacro
Beth                     @BookLoverx
Dana                   @DanaAndTheBooks
Hollie Wilson       @hollieeblog
Jenn                    @JennieLy
Jo Clarke             @bookloverJo
Kelly                    @kellysrambles
Michelle Toy        @ChelleyToy
Olivia Gacka        @olivia_gacka
Steph Elliott         @eenalol
Virginie                @ChouettBlog
Zoe Collins          @zcollins1994

Best Established Blogger (4+ years)
(INDUSTRY & BLOGGER – COMBINATION VOTE)

Bloggers who have been there, done that & got the t-shirt! After 4 years (or longer) they are still here and still working hard to help publishers and authors. That deserves recognition.

Amber                                   @MileLongBookS
Andrew Hall                          @PewterWolf
Becca                                   @LittleMemoirs
Cora, Tea Party Princess     @Corazzz
Debbie                                 @SnugglingonSofa
Faye                                     @daydreamin_star
Grace Latter                         @_gracelatter
Jenny Marston                     @jennymarston_xo
Jess                                     @JessHeartsBooks
Jim                                       @Yayeahyeah
Laura H                                @sisterspooky
Lucy Powrie                          @LucyTheReader
Luna’s Little Library              @lunaslibrary
Megan & Lauren                  @YABookers
Michelle                               @cloverness
Michelle Toy                         @ChelleyToy
MinervaReads                     @minervamoan

Best Content & Design
(INDUSTRY & BLOGGER – COMBINATION VOTE)

Book Blogs come in all kinds of colours and designs. This award is about recognising that creativity, as well as how easy it is to find content or manoeuvre on the blog. Plus the information on the blog: what about those book reviews? This category is for design, tech skills and writing!

Ashleigh                            @frolic_fiction
Becca                               @LittleMemoir
Briony                               @BrionyAppleton
Carly                                 @carlybennett
Charlotte Burns                 @charlotteswhere
Curiouser and Curiouser  @amyjay1994
Drew                                 @SarcasticEnigma
Gee (The Bibliomaniac)
Hawwa (hawwaetc.com)
Kelly                                 @kellysrambles
Lovely Owls Books          @LovelyOwlsBooks
Luna’s Little Library         @lunaslibrary
Mia                                   @thecosyreader
Nadia                               @scorpioreads
Olivia Gacka                    @olivia_gacka
Richard                            @thehumposhow
Virginie                             @ChouettBlog
Zoe Collins                       @zcollins1994

Marvellous Blogger – BLOGGER ONLY VOTE
Book bloggers who makes you feel happy about being part of the book blogging community.

Amber                @MileLongBookS
Amy                   @GoldenBooksGirl
Andrew Hall       @PewterWolf
Charlotte            @charlotteswhere
Harriet                @HRHPortman
Jenn                   @JennieLy
Nadia                 @scorpioreads
Olivia Gacka      @olivia_gacka
Rebecca S         @_rebeccastobart
Rhianne (littlenovelist.com/blog)
Sarah                 @_sarahecampbell
Steph Elliott        @eenalol
Zoe Collins         @zcollins1994

 

We have done our very best to find twitter handles for everyone if you are aware of a twitter handle for someone we’ve missed please let us know.

Thank you

 

P.S.
The Shortlist will be announced on the 19 January 2018.

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How the UKYABA Longlist and Shortlist came together…

We are thrilled to be announcing our longlist for the UKYA Blogger Awards this
17 January 2018 followed by the shortlist on the 19 January 2018.

As you know UKYABA is about celebrating UKYA book bloggers. The awards were set up in recognition of the support, publicity and appreciation given to authors and publishers by the book-blogging community.

This year we felt was an opportunity to share with you a bit more about how the awards come together. UKYABA is a combination of the UKYA Blogger Awards started by author Andy Robb and the UKYA Book Blogger Awards, designed by blogger Faye Rogers (Daydreamer’s Thoughts). Now run by the YA Shot team that means we have a lot of developing for the 2018 awards but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly how things will work until you’re doing them.

We think it’s important to be open so everyone knows how it works. As such, here is how we’ve dealt with issues that cropped up during the nominations process and how the longlist and shortlist for the UKYA Blogger Awards were decided.

Shortlist stipulations:

  • Bloggers who have announced they’re on hiatus and have not been blogging for the previous 3+ months have been excluded from the shortlist
  • Bloggers who are not specifically book bloggers but instead post occasional book posts have been excluded from the shortlist if they have not blogged regularly on books in the previous 3+ months
  • previous years’ winners have been excluded from the shortlist of a category they have won in previous UKYA Blogger Awards (but not categories they haven’t previously won!)

In cases of equal nomination scores we dealt with tie-breakers by removing nominees who are shortlisted in 2 other categories. Book Bloggers with multiple nominations across categories were shortlisted in the 2 categories they received the most nominations for. Important: The Marvellous Blogger Award category is an exception to this rule. As an exclusively blogger-only voted category we did not include it in tie-breaker situations.

All the Book Bloggers announced have been verified to the best of our ability.

To ensure that UKYA Book Blogger Awards is transparent throughout and to resolve tiebreaker situations we canvassed input from our independent monitors.

Once we announce the shortlist we’ll also confirm the details for how you can vote.

Remember UKYABA is on Saturday 14th April 2018 after YAShot finishes.
Further information here: https://ukyabablog.wordpress.com/40-2/

We hope to see you there.

Nominations for the #UKYABA 2018 are now OPEN!

Calling all UKYA Book Bloggers! This is your chance to nominate your fellow UKYA Book Bloggers for a UKYA Blogger Award.

The UKYABA are about recognising the support and appreciation given to authors and publishers by the book-blogging community BUT they are also about celebrating everything the UKYA Book Blogging community is.

There are 4 awards that Publishers and UKYA Book Bloggers together nominate and vote on, plus 1 category exclusively nominated and voted for by Book Bloggers.

You can find a full list of all UKYA Blogger Awards by clicking this link.

To ensure transparency, every nomination received will be verified to ensure the nominee and person nominating are eligible. Please read the following carefully before submitting your nomination.

  • All nominees must be UK based.
  • Nominees must be active UKYA Book Bloggers. This means content on the nominee’s UKYA book blog has to have been updated within the last 2 months.
  • Nominees must fall into the categories specified. Please note the effective date for counting back years of blogging is 1st November 2017.
  • The person nominating must be an active UKYA Book Blogger and complete the form in full. If we are unable to verify details, we will not be able to count the nomination.
  • Multiple nominations are not permitted. Repeat nominations will cancel previously submitted eligible nominations.
  • Nominations close 10th November 2017.

If you have any queries or questions about nominating check our Q&A page here.

Submit your Nomination:

Announcing the UKYABA categories!

There is so much going on with the awards at the moment. Securing sponsorship for example; you can see our first official confirmation on the sponsor page already but there are sponsors to come VERY shortly. Super excited!

What’s taking up the most time right now is sorting out all the background work for the nominations and voting. You are not going to have to wait long to find more because we’ll be opening the nominations soon.

As with previous UKYA Blogger Awards there will be awards exclusively voted on by publishers and authors but we have others that have a combination vote, and one award will be voted for by bloggers only.

Today though we wanted to share the UKYABA categories with you:

Industry Only – Voted for by Publishers & Authors

Champion Adult Blogger

  • Bloggers aged 20+.

Champion Teen Blogger

  • Bloggers aged 13-19.

Champion of Diversity

  • Bloggers who actively champion diverse & #ownvoices books/authors/characters. This blogger makes a significant effort to support diverse stories.

Champion Vlogger

  • Be it discussions, book-challenges or book reviews, this award is about Vloggers who share their book-love passionately. (Their channels may have other content but book reviews/content are the core.)

Champion of Social Media

  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, be it on one or all of these, this blogger excels at sharing what book blogging is about.

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Blogger Only Vote

Marvellous Blogger Award

  • This is about bloggers who makes you feel happy about being part of the book blogging community. Is it because they have great book recommendations? Or because they always send you that perfect gif on Twitter when you need it? How about because they cheer on authors? Or you? They send real/virtual care-packages? Something about this blogger makes UKYA book blogging a better place for you. It can be a tiny thing or a big thing but it matters!

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Industry & Blogger – Combination Vote

Best Newcomer (0-2 years)

  • Bloggers who have started blogging within the last two years.

Best Growing Blogger (2-4 years)

  • Bloggers who have been around for a few years, worked to build their blog and are continuing to champion books.

Best Established Blogger (4+ years)

  • Bloggers who have been there, done that & got the t-shirt! After 4 years (or longer) they are still here and still working hard to help publishers and authors. That deserves recognition.

Best Content & Design

  • Book Blogs come in all kinds of colours and designs. This award is about recognising that creativity, as well as how easy it is to find content or manoeuvre on the blog. Plus the information on the blog: what about those book reviews? This category is for design, tech skills and writing!

 

 

 

 

The UKYABA are back!!!

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The UKYABA ARE BACK!

They are coming for you. In the nice we love-Book-Bloggers-way, not the scary monster-under-the-bed-way.

UKYA Book Bloggers are awesome, amazing, awe-inspiring, stupendous, incredible, magnificent, wonderful, phenomenal, and basically supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

We want to celebrate you. WE WILL CELEBRATE YOU.

When? Where? How?

I’m so glad you asked.

The awards are joining up with YA Shot as a double-feature event. So the next UKYABA will be on Saturday 14th April 2018.

The UKYABA are an amalgamation of the UKYA Blogger Awards, which were originally started by author Andy Robb in 2015 and voted for by publishers and authors. As well as the UKYA Book Blogger Awards, designed by blogger Faye Rogers (Daydreamer’s Thoughts) in 2015, then hosted by Luna’s Little Library in 2016, in which UK Book Bloggers nominated and voted for their peers.

By combining the UKYA Blogger Awards and UKYA Book Blogger Awards we aim to celebrate the best of everything about the UKYA book-blogger community. As before there will be awards exclusively voted on by publishers and authors, though other awards will have a combination vote, and one award will be voted for by bloggers only.

In the run up to UKYABA there will be many more blog posts about the awards themselves (categories, voting, etc) and we’re inviting bloggers, authors and publishers to submit guest posts talk about book blogging and what it means.

We have also set up the WALL OF WONDERFUL: it’s an opportunity for authors, bloggers and publishers to celebrate bloggers by writing notes of appreciation at any point throughout the year.

The UKYABA are about celebrating UKYA book bloggers. Not only will we be doing that on the night but throughout this year by shining a spotlight on the hard work the book blogging community does.

 

Thoughts on UKYA and the Blogging Community from Alexia Casale

The UKYA community is All Good Things. The people are lovely: kind, generous, open-minded, clever, interesting and appreciative. Everyone is welcome.

The attitude to ambition says it all: people work hard to achieve things, but have no time for doing others down or climbing over them. UKYA is about achieving by trying your best and being rewarded for it. It’s about competitiveness that is turned inwards to effort, to developing skills, to being as good as possible. And there’s an understanding that you can be generous and kind to others without diminishing your own fortunes. UKYA is about the fact that if we support each other in doing our best, not only can we all achieve a lot, but we can be happy doing it: we can be surrounded by lovely people and we can be lovely back. Coming from a background in the theatre and academia, it is such a breath of fresh air. Decency and niceness, rather than slyness, is what gets rewarded.

What makes UKYA so different? I think it’s the fact that bloggers have crafted the community, then invited everyone else in. They set up the ‘rules’ and created a space in which these rules are self-reinforcing. We don’t generally need to police each other. We can all see that to belong – to deserve to belong – we’ve got to behave in kind. Kind being the operative word.

Bloggers do what they do out of love and passion. Money isn’t a factor (in fact, blogging tends to be quite an expensive business). Recognition is nice and very much appreciated, but mostly what’s desired is enough recognition to be invited to participate in extra book-world activities. It’s about doing bookish things, not be lauded for them per se.

The fact that blogs are based online helps to reinforce the fact that what you look like and where you come from doesn’t matter. It’s all about who you are as a complicated, unique person: what you produce and offer to others, and how you treat people. The fact that it all spills over into offline activities says everything else that could be said: the bloggers who are the foundation of UKYA are as lovely offline as they are online. It’s not show or pretend or only possible from a position of anonymity.

These are the principles that everyone operates by in UKYA. There’s an integrity to do people treat each other: integrity in understanding how to be kind and passionate at the same time; how to be welcoming and inclusive, while still being competitive and ambitious in positive ways.

And I love being a part of that. I am so grateful that the bloggers who have create UKYA aren’t just welcoming and open-minded about other bloggers, but everyone: authors, publicists, editors, illustrators and anyone who wants to be part of this community. It really is an ‘everyone welcome’ world. The only qualifications needed are a commitment to being good to others and a love of books (though an equal passion for caffeine, chocolate and cake are much appreciated).

So thank you. Thank you for creating this world and inviting me in. Thank you for buying my books and reviewing them and talking about them… but equally, thank you for letting me talk to you about other people’s books, for debating what literature is and what it can be, for discussing politics and history and all sorts of social issues, for talking cosplay and film and anime and storytelling in all forms. Thank you for making UKYA a community I feel proud and honoured to be part of: where I can count on people to be kind to me and others. Where I don’t have to play games or politics (or, rather, fail to fit in because I can’t, won’t and don’t do this).

From YALC and other festivals to book launches, and from #ukyachat and #ukyaquiz to quizzes and polls and posts, there’s something for everyone. There is so much knowledge and excitement and wonder in our world because of what our bloggers have created. Thank you for letting the rest of us play in the sandpit.

Thank you for being a huge support in our careers, not just in terms of publicising our books but giving us a support system through the ups and downs and loneliness of writing.

Thank you for all the work and time and passion you put in to create this amazing community across both the web and ‘real space’.

But most of all, thank you for the principles and integrity that you brought to founding UKYA so that it’s a truly good place to be. Above all, I love that fact that the community you built values kindness even above books.

Alexia Casale