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IBC Awards 2025

The Prize

Free to enter and with a total winners’ prize fund of £30,000, the IBC Awards celebrate the talent behind the best new inclusive children’s books published in the UK. 

We are accepting new books published in the UK between 1 November 2023 and 31 October 2024, in the following categories: 

  • Baby and toddler books (1–3)
  • Picture books (3–7) 
  • Highly illustrated children’s fiction (5–9)

A £10,000 prize is shared between the winning author and illustrator in each category. Deadline for entries is 20 September 2024.

What we’re looking for

Submissions are limited to stories except in the Baby and Toddler category (see Terms and conditions).

Books must also be naturally inclusive, including AT LEAST ONE of the following forms of representation at main-character level:

  • Ethnic minority
  • Disabled
  • Neurodivergence 

Judges will also consider whether books offer any of the following:

  • An Own-Voice perspective (i.e. books by authors/illustrators who share the same cultural, ethnic or other identities as the characters they've created)
  • A challenge to gender stereotypes
  • Representation of diverse family structures (e.g. single-­­­­­­­parent, blended or same-sex parent families)
  • A diverse cast of characters beyond the main character

For more information on eligibility and how to submit, read our Terms and conditions

2024 IBC Awards shortlist of 13 books in a pile outside in a garden


  • Submissions open: 9 August 2024 
  • Submissions close: 20 September 2024
  • Longlist announced: November 2024
  • Shortlist announced: January 2025
  • Winners announced: February 2025

IBC award winners