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

Announcing the 2017 All-Stars ShortlistSep 08, 2017In celebration of International Literacy Day, CODE is delighted to announce its Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature shortlist. This first regional competition is dubbed the All-Stars edition because all of the first prize winners of CODE’s Burt......read full article...
Winners of CODE’s 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature AnnouncedApr 27, 2017CODE has announced the winners of its fourth annual Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, which recognizes outstanding writing for young adults by Caribbean authors. Winning titles to be donated to schools, libraries, and community organizations across......read full article...