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Why I Love The UKYA Blogger Awards (UKYABA)! Inc. links to ALL nominees!

A little context – The UKYA Blogger Awards is a set of yearly awards given to UK based book bloggers in 10 different categories, decided by bloggers, publishers and authors. The categories are….

  • Champion Teen Blogger – aged 13-19 (Decided by Publishers and Authors)
  • Champion Adult Blogger – aged 20+ (Decided by Publishers and Authors)
  • Champion of Diversity (Decided by Publishers and Authors)
  • Champion Vlogger (Decided by Publishers and Authors)
  • Champion of Social Media (Decided by Publishers and Authors)
  • Marvellous Blogger (Decided by Bloggers)
  • Best Newcomer – Blogging for 0-2 years (Decided by the Industry and Bloggers)
  • Best Growing Blog – Blogging for 2-4 years (Decided by the Industry & Bloggers)
  • Best Established Blogger – Blogging for 4+ years (Decided by the Industry & Bloggers)
  • Best Content and Design – (Decided by the Industry and Bloggers)

(more information on the UKYABA website here)

On the 17th January, the longlist for each of these categories was announced (here), and the shortlist announced on the 19th January (here) for 2018.

The winners are then announced at an awards ceremony on the 14th April 2018 at the end of YA Shot (more information here).

 

However, for me, what makes these awards special is that they celebrate everything the UKYA community stands for….

‘SMALL’ VOICES ARE HEARD:

There are three different categories depending on how long you’ve been blogging, 0-2 years, 2-4 years and 4+ years. New blogs are given just as much recognition as older, more established blogs, even if their audiences are smaller. Numbers are not the defining factor for these awards and these awards recognise the hard work and passion that many bloggers put into their blog. Every voice matters in the UKYA community and giving new bloggers recognition encourages more and more people to blog and join the UKYA community so we can share the love for books we all have.

 

BEING DIVERSE:

Of course there is still a long way to go in the book industry in terms of diversity, not only for characters in books, but also the authors, agents and publishers who get these books out into the world. Recognising these bloggers who push for more diversity is a way of thanking them for publicising and sharing the need there is to create a more diverse and inclusive book community. Having diversity is important in the UKYA community so everyone can grow up and read a book, with a character or author they can relate to, knowing their ‘minority’ status is represented in the world. These bloggers are really advocating for a change in the book industry and it’s fantastic that they can get the recognition they deserve, as they are paving the way for a more diverse, inclusive UKYA future.

 

AGE DOESN’T MATTER:

Having two different categories for the age of a blogger is a fantastic idea. Having an ‘adult’ category recognises that YA books are not just for ‘young adults’ as such, but can be read and enjoyed by anyone of any age. Many of these adults will have jobs, some in the book industry and some not, yet the YA community brings all of these different people with different backgrounds together and unite them in the one thing we all have in common – a love for YA books. Equally, having a ‘teenage’ blogger award is great and recognises that even though ‘adult’ bloggers often have the luxury of travelling to various book events across the country which many teens can’t do, teen voices should not be overshadowed. Growing up and managing the stress of school and college is bad enough, but managing a successful blog ON TOP OF THAT is incredible and an amazing achievement. Your hard work and passion is something that should be congratulated more often!

 

BLOGGERS AND PUBLISHERS ARE BOTH IMPORTANT:

Having categories which are exclusively decided by the book industry, exclusively by bloggers, and a mix of the two, really represents how great the UKYA community. Very few other communities have such a great relationship with those who run it (think the film industry for example). Recognising bloggers in itself is incredible, but letting them have a say in the outcome shows truly how important bloggers are in the book community. Book bloggers work for free, keep to a tight schedule and manage the stress of general life alongside, simply because they love what they do. Bloggers are an important part of the book industry, and whether they have been nominated for these blog awards or not, are an essential asset to the book industry. It’s fantastic this is celebrated.

 

Awards like this make me realise how much I truly love the YA community. What we have as a community is fantastic and I would never ever change that. Recognising bloggers who work incredibly hard is so important and whether you’ve been nominated or not, doesn’t take away the work and passion you have for the UKYA community. Thank you to the UKYA blogger awards for making me remember and appreciate how great you all are ❤

 

Here are all the 2018 nominations in full, with links to their Twitter page and Blog (please let me know if I have any of the links wrong so I can correct them!)

 

Champion Adult Blogger – Bloggers aged 20+
(VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

(S) Andrew Hall         @PewterWolf               http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk/
(S) Beth                        @bookloverx                http://wordsfromareader.weebly.com/
Emily                      @TheYANightstand     http://theyanightstand.blogspot.co.uk/
Gem                        @gemlovesbooks
Jane Evans            @bookswithjane           https://bookswithjane.wordpress.com/
Jim                          @Yayeahyeah               http://www.yayeahyeah.com/ 
(S) Jo Clarke                @bookloverJo               https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/
Katie Brown         @katiebookqueen        http://www.queenofteenfiction.co.uk/ 
Kirsty                     @overflowingklc          http://www.overflowinglibrary.com/ 
(S) Layla Abby           @readable_life              https://readablelifeblog.wordpress.com/
Maddie & Bee      @MaddieandBee           https://heartfullofbooks.com/
Rachel                   @Rachels_Reads            https://rachels-readings.blogspot.co.uk/
Rachel                   @_sectumsemprah
WithLoveforBooks  @SuzeLavender/@Annieksnowroses     http://www.withloveforbooks.com/
Zoe Collins            @zcollins1994               http://www.nosaferplace.co.uk/

 

Champion Teen Blogger – Bloggers aged 13-19
(VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

(S) Amy                      @GoldenBooksGirl         https://goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com/
Bex                        @myshelfmyself             https://myshelfandmyself.wordpress.com/
Gee                                                                   https://thebibliomaniacbookblog.com/
Holly Peckitt       @HollyPeckitt                  http://hollyislostinalibrary.blogspot.co.uk/
(S) Jess                       @bookendsendings         https://bookendsandendings.wordpress.com/
(S) Liv                        @Livsescape                     https://livswonderfulescape.wordpress.com/
(S) Lucy Powrie       @LucyTheReader            http://queenofcontemporary.com/
Samia Sharrif     @ssharifbooks                 https://ssharifbooks.wordpress.com/

 

Champion of Diversity

(VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS) 

Andrew Hall                      @PewterWolf             http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Charlie                                @charlieinabook       http://charlieinabook.weebly.com
Jim                                       @Yayeahyeah             http://www.yayeahyeah.com/
Jo                                         @Jo_Scribbles             http://www.onceuponabookcase.co.uk/
Lauren & Megan              @YABookers               https://yabookers.wordpress.com/
Layla Abby                        @readable_life           https://readablelifeblog.wordpress.com/
(S) Luna’s Little Library    @lunaslibrary            https://lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com/
Maddie & Bee                   @MaddieandBee       https://heartfullofbooks.com/
Mariam                              @helloiammariam    http://helloiammariam.com/
Michelle                            @cloverness                http://www.flutteringbutterflies.com/
(S) Nadia                  @scorpioreads       https://headscarvesandhardbacks.wordpress.com/
Rachel                               @_sectumsemprah
Sally                                  @TheDarkDictator      http://thedarkdictator.blogspot.co.uk/
Sarah & Sophie               @TLCCBlog                   https://thelittlecontemporarycorner.com/
(S) Virginie                            @ChouettBlog               https://chouett.com/

 

Champion Vlogger
(VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Amber                 @MileLongBookS        https://www.youtube.com/user/milelongbookshelf
Ben Alderson     @Benjaminoftomes    https://www.youtube.com/user/Benjaminoftomes
George Lester    @TheGeorgeLester      https://www.youtube.com/TheGeorgeLester
(S) Jean                  @JeansThoughts           https://www.youtube.com/user/bookishthoughts
Jen                       @jenvcampbell             https://www.youtube.com/user/jenvcampbell
Jessikah              @JessikahHope             https://www.youtube.com/c/readbyjess
Lucy                    @LucyTheReader         https://www.youtube.com/channel/lucythereader
(S) Lucy                    @bookbellereads          https://www.youtube.com/TheBookBelle
(S) Maddie & Bee @MaddieandBee           https://www.youtube.com/user/heartfullofbooks
Sanne                 @booksandquills          https://www.youtube.com/booksandquills
Stevie                 @StevieFinegan            https://www.youtube.com/SableCaught
(S) Zoe                      @zcollins1994              https://www.youtube.com/user/zoecollins1894

 

Champion of Social Media
(VOTED FOR BY PUBLISHERS & AUTHORS)

Casey Ann           @CaseyAnnBooks        https://www.youtube.com/c/caseyannbooks
(S) Emma                  @NverJudgeaBook       http://www.neverjudgeabookbyitscover.co.uk/
Grace Latter        @_gracelatter                http://www.almostamazinggrace.co.uk/
Kate Ormand     @kateormand               https://kateormand.com/
(S) Lucy Powrie       @LucyTheReader         http://queenofcontemporary.com/
Mia                       @thecosyreader           https://thecosyreader.wordpress.com/  
(S) Michelle Toy       @ChelleyToy                 http://www.talesofyesterday.co.uk/
(S) Mike                     @mike_reads                https://mikereadsblog.wordpress.com/
Nadia                   @scorpioreads              https://headscarvesandhardbacks.wordpress.com/
Zoe Collins          @zcollins1994               http://www.nosaferplace.co.uk/

 

Best Newcomer (0-2 years)
(COMBINATION VOTE)

(S) Amy                     @GoldenBooksGirl         https://goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com/
Amy Louise        @tomeswithtea               https://tomeswithtea.blog/
Briony                 @BrionyAppleton           https://www.missbriony.com/
Jess                      @bookendsendings         https://bookendsandendings.wordpress.com/
Layla Abby        @readable_life                 https://readablelifeblog.wordpress.com/
Liv                       @Livsescape                     https://livswonderfulescape.wordpress.com/
Lois                     @MidnightMusing          https://mymidnightmusing.wordpress.com/
Louise                @lou_nettleton                 https://bookmurmuration.wordpress.com/
Rachel                @Rachels_Reads              https://rachels-readings.blogspot.co.uk/
(S) Rebecca S          @_rebeccastobart            http://www.thisbookyplace.co.uk/
Sarah                  @_sarahecampbell         https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
(S) Steph Elliott      @eenalol                           https://alittlebutalot.wordpress.com/

 

Best Growing Blogger (2-4 years) 
(COMBINATION VOTE)

Amy P                     @powisamy                   http://powisamy.blogspot.co.uk/
(S) Annalise                @AnnaliseBooks          https://annalisebooks.wordpress.com/
Ash                          @FTLOBOOKS              https://ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com/
Ashleigh                @frolic_fiction               https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/
Ashleigh Macro    @AshleighMacro          http://ashleighonline.com/
Beth                        @BookLoverx                http://wordsfromareader.weebly.com/ 
Dana                       @DanaAndTheBooks   http://danaandthebooks.com/
Hollie Wilson       @hollieeblog                  https://hollieblog.com/
Jenn                       @JennieLy                      http://jenniely.com/
Jo Clarke               @bookloverJo                https://bookloverjo.wordpress.com/
(S) Kelly                      @kellysrambles             https://kellysramblings.wordpress.com/
Michelle Toy        @ChelleyToy                  http://www.talesofyesterday.co.uk/
Olivia Gacka        @olivia_gacka               http://www.thatfictionlife.co.uk/
Steph Elliott         @eenalol                        https://alittlebutalot.wordpress.com/
Virginie                 @ChouettBlog               https://chouett.com/
(S) Zoe Collins           @zcollins1994               http://www.nosaferplace.co.uk/ 

 

Best Established Blogger (4+ years) 
(COMBINATION VOTE)

Amber                                   @MileLongBookS           http://www.themilelongbookshelf.com/
Andrew Hall                          @PewterWolf               http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Becca                                     @LittleMemoirs             http://www.prettylittlememoirs.com/
Cora                                        @Corazzz                      http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/
Debbie                                  @SnugglingonSofa         http://snugglingonthesofa.com/
Faye                                      @daydreamin_star         http://daydreamersthoughts.co.uk/
Grace Latter                         @_gracelatter                 http://www.almostamazinggrace.co.uk/
Jenny Marston                     @jennymarston_xo        https://jennyinneverland.com/
Jess                                       @JessHeartsBooks           http://jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/
(S) Jim                                        @Yayeahyeah                  http://www.yayeahyeah.com/
Laura H                                @sisterspooky              http://www.sisterspooky.co.uk/
Lucy Powrie                        @LucyTheReader         http://queenofcontemporary.com/
(S) Luna’s Little Library    @lunaslibrary             https://lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com/
Megan & Lauren                @YABookers              https://yabookers.wordpress.com/
(S) Michelle                               @cloverness              http://www.flutteringbutterflies.com/
Michelle Toy                        @ChelleyToy                http://www.talesofyesterday.co.uk/
MinervaReads                     @minervamoan           http://www.minervareads.com/

 

Best Content & Design
(COMBINATION VOTE)

(S) Ashleigh                    @frolic_fiction          https://afrolicthroughfiction.wordpress.com/
(S) Becca                                 @LittleMemoirs        http://www.prettylittlememoirs.com/
(S) Briony                               @BrionyAppleton         https://www.missbriony.com/
Carly                                 @carlybennett            http://writingfromthetub.co.uk/
(S) Charlotte        @charlotteswhere         https://charlottesomewhere.wordpress.com/
Amy                             @amyjay1994          https://warmdayswillnevercease.wordpress.com/
Drew                          @SarcasticEnigma           https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/
Gee                                                                            https://thebibliomaniacbookblog.com/
Hawwa                            @hawwaetc                   http://www.hawwaetc.com/
Kelly                                 @kellysrambles              https://kellysramblings.wordpress.com/
Lovely Owls Books       @LovelyOwlsBooks               http://lovelyowlsbooks.co.uk/
Luna’s Little Library     @lunaslibrary            https://lunaslittlelibrary.wordpress.com/
(S) Mia                                   @thecosyreader             https://thecosyreader.wordpress.com/
Nadia                        @scorpioreads        https://headscarvesandhardbacks.wordpress.com/
Olivia Gacka                    @olivia_gacka                http://www.thatfictionlife.co.uk/
Richard                            @thehumposhow              https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
Virginie                             @ChouettBlog                https://chouett.com/
Zoe Collins                       @zcollins1994              http://www.nosaferplace.co.uk/

 

Marvellous Blogger – BLOGGER ONLY VOTE

Amber                @MileLongBookS            http://www.themilelongbookshelf.com/
Amy                   @GoldenBooksGirl           https://goldenbooksgirl.wordpress.com/
Andrew Hall       @PewterWolf                 http://thepewterwolf.blogspot.co.uk/   
Charlotte            @charlotteswhere          https://charlottesomewhere.wordpress.com/
Harriet                @HRHPortman             https://hrhthelastredhead.wordpress.com/
(S) Jenn                   @JennieLy                        http://jenniely.com/
Nadia                 @scorpioreads                https://headscarvesandhardbacks.wordpress.com/
(S) Olivia Gacka      @olivia_gacka                 http://www.thatfictionlife.co.uk/
Rebecca S         @_rebeccastobart               http://www.thisbookyplace.co.uk/
Rhianne              @lilnovelist                      https://www.littlenovelist.com/blog/
Sarah                 @_sarahecampbell           https://bookhookednook.wordpress.com/
Steph Elliott        @eenalol                          https://alittlebutalot.wordpress.com/
(S) Zoe Collins         @zcollins1994                    http://www.nosaferplace.co.uk/

 

Again, congratulations to all nominees! Whether you have been nominated or not, you all make me proud to be part of the YA community and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Marie x

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