William C. Morris Award
|William C. Morris Award|
|Awarded for||"a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers"|
|Presented by||Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association|
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". 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". 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. Morris gave the money to ALA to fund programs, publications, events, or awards in promotion of children's literature. In addition to being a member of ALA, Morris was the first recipient of its Distinguished Service Award in 1992. 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.
"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". About 4000 "YA titles" are published annually and about 10% may be debuts.
|2015||Isabel Quintero||Gabi, A Girl in Pieces||Winner|
|2015||Jessie Ann Foley||The Carnival at Bray||Finalist|
|2015||E.K. Johnston||The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim||Finalist|
|2015||Len Vlahos||The Scar Boys||Finalist|
|2015||Leslye Walton||The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender||Finalist|
|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||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||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|
|2009||Elizabeth C. Bunce||A Curse Dark as Gold||Winner|
|2009||James Lecesne||Absolute Brightness||Finalist|
|2009||Jenny Valentine||Me, the Missing, and the Dead||Finalist|
- "William C. Morris YA Debut Award Policies and Procedures". YALSA. ALA. Revised March 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-04.
- 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.
- "The William C. Morris YA Debut Award". Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-04.
- "Previous Morris Winners". YALSA. ALA. Retrieved 2013-05-05. With annual links to information about the winner and finalists.