The UKYABA 2019 are hosted by YALC!

The UKYA Blogger & Vlogger Awards are back and we’re over the moon that in 2019 our brand-new host is the ever-amazing YALC – it’s the perfect partnership!Square

The Awards ceremony will be part of the YALC programme for Friday 26th July so make sure you’re there to join us in celebrating the UKYA community – and especially our fantastic bloggers and vloggers.

The UKYABA are an amalgamation of the UKYA Blogger Awards, which were originally started by author Andy Robb in 2015 and hosted in 2016 by YAShot, plus the UKYA Book Blogger Awards, designed by blogger Faye Rogers (Daydreamer’s Thoughts) in 2015, then hosted by Luna’s Little Library in 2016. YAShot ran and hosted the first combined Award in 2018 and we’ll be running things again in 2019 – but this time in partnership with YALC, our amazing new host!

The UKYABA are all about celebrating UKYA book bloggers and vloggers. Our WALL OF WONDERFUL allows anyone to write a note of appreciation to individual bloggers and vloggers – or the community as a whole! We’ll also have a whole series of interviews, posts and competitions to enjoy in the run-up to YALC and our Awards ceremony, where we hope you’ll join us to say thank you to all the hard-working bloggers and vloggers who make the UKYA community so brilliant.

The categories for the UKYABA 2019 are

Best Newcomer: Who is an exciting new blogger/vlogger on the scene for less than two years but already one to watch?

Best Established: Who has been blogging/vlogging for more than 2 years and continues to deliver exciting quality content?

Champion of Diversity: Who actively and regularly promotes diverse books and authors?

Most Inspirational: Which blogger/vlogger makes you want to want to read more, volunteer for bookish purposes, try books you’d never otherwise read, get writing yourself or be more involved in the bookish community?

People’s Choice for Author Interactions: Which author provides the best interactions with YA readers through any and all digital channels (e.g. websites, blogs, vlogs, social media), going the extra mile with fans?

Publishers Choice: Nominated and voted for by publishers only, which blogger/vlogger offers the best support to authors and books, delivers professional content, and goes the extra mile for the bookish community?

Best Review: This award will recognise the quality and originality of a bookish review or other bookish post.

This year each Award will have its own procedure for how nominations will be turned into a longlist, then shortlist, then the winner chosen. Most will involve a voting stage, but there will also be a panel of judges who will select the shortlist for some Awards and the winner for others. This is ensures there are different routes to success so that anyone and everyone with a brilliant blog or vlog has a chance of winning at least one of the Awards! See the Categories page for more info on the criteria for each Award, and the Rules page for who is eligible to nominate and vote, who is eligible to be nominated, how it all works, and what parameters will apply. We aim to be transparent throughout as part of our commitment to honesty, fairness and integrity in the Awards.

We hope you’ll join us in nominating your favourite bloggers and vloggers for the Awards to celebrate all their hard-work!


The #UKYABA badges are here!

Please find below jpegs that you can download and use on your blog and/or social media profiles.

There are individual ones for each shortlist category and we also made one for the longlist. We hope you like them and that we see as many UK Book Bloggers as possible on the 14 April 2018 to help us celebrate the awards. 🙂

You are all amazing!



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

The Importance of UKYA Bloggers by Malorie Blackman

“We are very lucky in the UK Young Adult book world to have so many committed and enthusiastic readers of YA books, who are willing to share their passion and opinions of the books they read in their various blogs. Blogging has firmly established itself as a vital tool in spreading the word about the wealth of YA books available to our teens and older readers. How fantastic that the YA bloggers dedication and commitment is now being formally recognised.”

Malorie Blackman

Bloggers and the Book Industry by Giancarlo Gemin

“I read a review by LH Johnson pretty early on after my book was released – it nailed the sentiments I had hoped people would experience.
Her review, on its own, made the struggle to get it published worthwhile. Bloggers make such unselfish use of their spare time, and in doing so they prop up the book industry.”

Giancarlo Gemin is the author of Cowgirl, nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Childrens Book Prize.

6 Reasons why I think UKYA Bloggers are BLOODY AWESOME by Natasha Desborough

  1. Their passion is extraordinary. And this is the main reason that I adore them as much as I do. They don’t read just for love, they live and breathe Young Adult fiction. They’ve made me seek out novels that I would never have even thought of reading. When I see a blogger’s quote on the cover of a YA novel, I know it’s from the heart. In my eyes a short soundbite from a blogger is worth a thousand times more than any line from a newspaper review or ‘matey’ celebrity quote.
  2. Their blogs aren’t edited or commissioned. There are no politics in their reviews. They speak the truth, regardless of whether they’ll piss off an editor or an author (authors should learn to accept criticism the very moment they decide to send out a manuscript). Bloggers are not literary snobs and don’t just focus on the big name authors from the biggest publishing houses. For them it’s not about money. It’s fair game for all. There’s no hidden agenda and for this they should be applauded and cherished.
  3. When they get behind a book they ‘REALLY’ get behind a book. They’ll shout about it from the roof tops, bang against the railings and streak naked through the streets *VOM*. UKYA bloggers are those ‘all or nothing’ kind of people. If they think a book is rubbish then ‘meh’. But if they love it then ‘WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE’!
  4. They bloody know what they’re talking about. They know far more about YA fiction than me (and probably most other authors). If I want to read a YA book – I look to them for suggestions. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough was the last recommendation I sought out. I therefore blame the bloggers for the series of nightmares that the book has given me. The end is sooooo scary!
  5. They probably don’t realise exactly how much they can help authors personally. They unwittingly spurred me on when I genuinely didn’t believe that I’d ever be taken seriously as an author. In recent months I’ve been tempted to jack it all in having lost pretty much all confidence in my writing ability (no violins please). But the boundless enthusiasm from YA bloggers has made me think twice. I’ve used them to lean on without them even knowing. Although they’ll obviously know now. Bugger.
  6. They’re all a bit mad. Just scroll down their Twitter timelines and see how fabulously bonkers they are.

So I was thrilled to hear about the UKYA Blogger Awards. A chance for authors, publishers, publicists and marketing execs to thank and acknowledge the awesome YA bloggers who give so much of their hearts, knowledge and time to the industry for FREE. They are the backbone of the genre. AND I SALUTE YOU. xxx

Natasha Desborough (Author of Weirdos vs Quimboids and Weirdos vs Bumskulls)

Bloggers are true champions by Hannah Love

Originally posted Sunday, December 28th, 2014 (source)

“Bloggers are true book champions. It’s always a pleasure to send out an email about a new book and receive enthusiastic and helpful replies – it’s lovely to have people so excited to talk loudly about books that you and your team have been quietly pouring your heart and soul into for months.
Bloggers can make such a difference to the online book conversation, and are a great and powerful force to have behind your author. Thank you!”

Hannah Love – Faber and Faber