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ALCS Educational Writers' Award

For an eighth year the Society of Authors is administering the ALCS Educational Writers' Award. The award this year is for books published during 2012 and 2013 for the 12-18 age group.

The £2,000 award will be given to an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction (with or without illustrations) that stimulates and enhances learning. 

Download the application form for 2015

The deadline for entry is Monday 30 June. Please contact Paula Johnson with any queries.

Pictured L-R: Jon Richards (Editor) and Ed Simkins (Designer), winners of the 2014 award. Photography by Will Ireland.



the world in infographics: ANIMAL KINGDOM wins the 2014 Award

The winner of the 2014 ALCS Educational Writers’ Award is the world in infographics: ANIMAL KINGDOM, by Jon Richards and Ed Simkins.

The result was announced on 2 December by Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, at the All Party Parliamentary Writers Group (APWG) Winter Reception at the House of Commons.

Presenting the winning authors with a cheque for £2000, Tristram Hunt commented:

"My congratulations to the winners of the Educational Writers' Award and to all the shortlisted authors on their outstanding writing for children. I'm very pleased to support this ALCS & Society of Authors award which celebrates inspiring educational writing."

The 2014 Award focussed on books for 12 - 18 year olds, published in 2012 and 2013. the world in infographics: ANIMAL KINGDOM beat off strong competition from three other titles shortlisted for this year’s Award. They were:


Keep Your Cool: How to Deal with Life's worries and Stress

Author: Dr. Aaron Balick  Illustrator: Clotilde Szymanski  Designer: Matt Lilly

Publisher: Franklin Watts



The Danger Zone: Avoid Being Sir Isaac Newton!

Author: Ian Graham   Illustrator: David Antram

Publisher: Book House




Mission: Explore FOOD

Co-Director: Daniel Raven-Ellison    Designer & Co-Director: Helen Steer Illustrator: Tom Morgan-Jones

Publisher: Can of Worms



the world in infographics: ANIMAL KINGDOM, published by Wayland, teems with fascinating facts about animals. From the weight of krill a blue whale can eat - measured in cars - to the number of offspring a garden snail can produce in a year, readers can’t help but marvel at the dazzling variety of animal life: the biggest, smallest, deadliest and rarest, visualised in icons, pictograms and graphics.

This year’s judges - teacher Vanessa Casey; school librarian Aidan Higgins; and author Anne Rooney - were unanimous in their praise for the winning title, describing it as:

“An outstanding book to engage any reader in this Information Age. More information is packed into its vivid, colourful pages than looks possible, all presented through brilliant, easy-to-read infographics. The whole book jumps out at you and is thoroughly engaging and informative.”

Winners of the ALCS Eduational Writers' Award, Jon Richards and Ed Simkins are experienced children's authors for non-fiction, with previous titles including Planet Earth andThe Natural World. 

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Past winners of the Award

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The British Council Award for ELT Writing






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