The award is made biennially by the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group South Australian State Group.

The Children’s Peace Literature Award encourages the dissemination of information related to peaceful means of resolving conflict and promoting peace at the global, local and interpersonal level.

Administration

  1. The Award is the responsibility of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group.
  2. The South Australian Subcommittee of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group will have primary responsibility for raising the funds for the Award.
  3. The Coordinator of the South Australian Subcommittee of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group will appoint a coordinator for the Award and a selection committee of at least four members, comprising both members of the Society and experts on children’s literature to be responsible for recommending an appropriate recipient to the Board.
  4. Books will be judged in two categories – Books for Junior Readers (up to mid primary years) and Books for Older Readers.
  5. The selection committee will have the discretion to recommend that the Award be divided between up to three (3) recipients, which they consider to be of merit.
  6. A short list of nominees will be announced usually by late September/early October.
  7. The award will be presented at a public meeting in October/November, and will be announced in InPsych.

Eligibility

  1. Nominees need not be members of the Society.
  2. Authors who have published a book for children (up to 18 years) in the period commencing two years prior to September in the year the call for nominations is made are eligible for consideration for the prize.

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for the Children’s Peace Literature Award will be made every two years by publication of notices in InPsych, advertisements in national newspapers, letters to publishers and notices in trade magazines.
  2. Nominations should be addressed to the South Australian Subcommittee of the Psychologists for Peace Interest Group and received by the date set in the call for nominations notice. The coordinator for the Award will send each nominee an acknowledgement of receipt of their nomination.
  3. Nominations will only be accepted from the publisher or author/illustrator.
  4. Nominations are made by submitting a copy of the book together with the nominee’s full contact details and a statement outlining how the book encourages the peaceful resolution of conflict and/or promotes peace at the global, local or interpersonal level.

Selection criteria

In judging nominations for the Children’s Peace Literature Award, the selection committee will have regard to:

  1. the extent which the theme of the book encourages the peaceful resolution of conflict and/or promotes peace at the global, local or interpersonal level; and
  2. literary merit.

Value of the award

Successful candidates for the Children’s Peace Literature Award will receive an equal share of the award of $3000. Winner(s) will be in the category of Books for Junior Readers (up to mid primary years) or Books for Older Readers.

Closing date

This biennial award will next be offered in 2015

Previous winners

2013

Junior readers:
Aaron Blabey
for The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon - Penguin Group, Australia

Older readers:
Barry Jonsberg for My Life as an Alphabet - Allen & Unwin

2011

Sue Walker for Arnie Avery

2009 

Christine Harris for Audrey Goes to Town - Little Hare Books and Kate Constable for Winter of Grace - Allen & Unwin

2007  Michael Gerard Bauer for Don’t Call Me Ishmael - Omnibus
2005 Kirsten Murphy for The King of Whatever - Penguin Books Young Adult Fiction

2003

Irini Savvides for Sky Legs - Hodder Headline Australia.

2001

James Moloney for Touch Me - University of Queensland Press (UQP)

1999

Phillip Gwynne for Deadly Unna - Penguin Books

1997

James Moloney for A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove - University of Queensland Press (UQP)

1995

Brian Caswell for Deucalion - University of Queensland Press (UQP)

1993

Isobelle Carmody for The Gathering'- Puffin, and Bob Graham for Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten - Penguin Books

1991

Libby Gleeson for Dodger - Puffin

1989

Victor Kelleher for The Makers - Puffin

1987

Gillian Rubinstein for Space Demons - Omnibus Books