Since 1966 the BolognaRagazzi Award has been among the world’s most highly regarded international prizes in the sector of children’s publishing. The award, which honours the best productions in terms of their graphic-editorial qualities, has become a leading international launch pad for authors and illustrators thanks to the high profile recognition that the winners receive during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
The Fair is due to take place this year from the 26th to the 29th March 2018 in the pavilions of BolognaFiere. The Bologna Ragazzi Award is much more than a publishing prize, it also offers a key business opportunity for the sale of copyrights on the international market.
Winning the prize or a gaining a special mention means extraordinary visibility for a title in the publishing world, leading to the sale of rights in many new countries. This fact is confirmed by publishers whose winning books proudly bear the award’s logo on the cover as a sign of prestige and international recognition. The BolognaRagazzi Award always features prominently at international tradeshows.
There are three categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Opera Prima (a prize for first-time authors and illustrators). Every year, the BRAW features also one or two special categories. The prizes are awarded by a jury of international experts, who are also asked to give a special New Horizons award to a particularly innovative book, which opens its eyes to new horizons. On the occasion of the 2018 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, BolognaFiere will confer the “BolognaRagazziAward” in the sections FICTION, NON FICTION, OPERA PRIMA (DEBUT WORK), ART – ARCHITECTURE&DESIGN, BOOKS & SEEDS.