William C. Morris Award

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William C. Morris Award
Awarded for "a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers"[1][2]
Country United States
Presented by Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association
First awarded 2009
Official website ala.org/yalsa/morris

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award is an annual award given to a work of young adult literature by a "first-time author writing for teens".[3] It is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It was named for twentieth-century American publisher William C. Morris, whom YALSA calls an innovator and "an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults".[3] The award is funded by the William C. Morris Endowment, established in 2000 and activated in 2003 with a bequest of $400,000 from the Morris estate.[2] Morris gave the money to ALA to fund programs, publications, events, or awards in promotion of children's literature.[2] In addition to being a member of ALA, Morris was the first recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 1992.[2] The shortlist for the first award was announced on December 8, 2008, and the winner was announced on January 26, 2009, at the ALA's midwinter meeting.[citation needed]

"To be eligible, a title must have been designated by its publisher as being either a young adult book or one published for the age range that YALSA defines as 'young adult', i.e., 12 through 18".[1] About 3000 "YA titles" are published annually and about 10% may be debuts.[1]

Recipients[edit]

Morris Award winners and finalists[3][4]
Year Author Book Citation
2014 Stephanie Kuehn Charm & Strange Winner
2014 Carrie Mesrobian Sex & Violence Finalist
2014 Evan Roskos Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets Finalist
2014 Elizabeth Ross Belle Epoque Finalist
2014 Cat Winters In the Shadow of Blackbirds Finalist
2013 Rachel Hartman Seraphina Winner
2013 S. D. Crockett After the Snow Finalist
2013 Laura Buzo Love and Other Perishable Items Finalist
2013 Emily M. Danforth The Miseducation of Cameron Post  Finalist
2013 Hannah Barnaby Wonder Show Finalist
2012 John Corey Whaley Where Things Come Back Winner
2012 Rae Carson The Girl of Fire and Thorns Finalist
2012 Jenny Hubbard Paper Covers Rock Finalist
2012 Guadalupe Garcia McCall Under the Mesquite Finalist
2012 Ruta Sepetys Between Shades of Gray Finalist
2011 Blythe Woolston The Freak Observer Winner
2011 Eishes Chayil Hush Finalist
2011 Karen Healey Guardian of the Dead Finalist
2011 Lish McBride Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Finalist
2011 Barbara Stuber Crossing the Tracks Finalist
2010 L. K. Madigan Flash Burnout Winner
2010 Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl  Beautiful Creatures Finalist
2010 Amy Huntley The Everafter Finalist
2010 Nina LaCour Hold Still Finalist
2010 Malinda Lo Ash Finalist
2009 Elizabeth C. Bunce A Curse Dark as Gold Winner
2009 Kristin Cashore Graceling Finalist
2009 James Lecesne Absolute Brightness Finalist
2009 Christina Meldrum Madapple Finalist
2009 Jenny Valentine Me, the Missing, and the Dead Finalist

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "William C. Morris YA Debut Award Policies and Procedures". YALSA. ALA. Revised March 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-05.
  2. ^ a b c d Maughan, Shannon (June 29, 2007). "New ALA Award Honors Bill Morris". Publishers Weekly (Reed Business Information). Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "The William C. Morris YA Debut Award". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Previous Morris Winners". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05. With annual links to information about the winner and finalists.