CODE's Burt Awards

First offered in Tanzania in 2008, the Burt Award is now offered in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Canada and the Caribbean and has resulted in the publication of nearly 200,000 copies of 75 new titles for young readers.

Sponsored by CODE and made possible by the generosity of William Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation, the Award addresses an ongoing shortage of relevant, quality books for young people, while at the same time promoting a love of reading and learning at the middle and secondary school levels.

For more information regarding applications and deadlines for individual CODE's Burt Awards please visit the award pages listed below.

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CODE's Burt Award for African Literature

A literary prize that recognizes excellence in young adult fiction from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. More about the Burt Award for African Literature.

 

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CODE's Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature

This unique literary award recognizes excellence in First Nations, Inuit and Métis literature for youth and provides engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada. Learn about the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Literature.

 

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CODE's Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

The award is part of a unique global readership initiative aiming to provide youth with access to books they will enjoy and want to read. Learn more about the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature..

 

BURT AWARD NEWS

CODE Announces New Burt Award for African Young Adult LiteratureMar 27, 2017CODE is pleased to announce the details and call for submissions for a new multi-country literary prize called CODE’s Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature. The multi-country grand prize to launch with a special “all stars” competition for past......read full article...
Finalists for CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedMar 22, 2017Three finalists were selected from among submissions of both published books and unpublished manuscripts. Winning titles to be published and distributed to hundreds of schools, libraries, and community organizations across the Caribbean. ...read full article...