ALCS Educational Writers' Award

The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society Award for Educational Writers is awarded to an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that stimulates and enhances learning. Total prize money £2,000.

The 2022 Prize is now closed for submissions

Important Information

  • The work to be a single-volume, non-fiction (with or without illustrations), of genuine merit, for the 11-18 age group.
  • The work to have been first published in the UK, in the English language.
  • The work to have been published within the previous two calendar years, i.e. 2020 and 2021


Last year's winner 

Sometimes I feel by Sarah Maycock

Published by Big Picture Press, Sometimes I Feel explores common but complex emotions – including bravery, timidness, curiosity and happiness – through a collection of animal similies and poetic prose, accompanied by beautiful paintings of animals which embody each emotion.


The 2021 ALCS Educational Writers Award Short list

  • Runner upCerrie Burnel for I am not a Label (The Quarto Group)
  • Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick for I am a Book, I am a portal to the Universe (Penguin Random House UK, Particular Books)
  • Neal Layton for A Climate In Chaos (Hachette Children's Group - Imprint : Wren & Rook)
  • Chris Hoy for Be Amazing (Walker Books)

With thanks to the judges:  Trish Cooke, Hazel Forbes and Katie Purdy.