Teens Apply to Judge
This year, the winner of the 2021 YAVA Award will be decided by a panel of teen judges. Each teen judge will receive a copy of all the nominated titles for evaluation. This is also a great opportunity to participate in a program that will look wonderful on school applications and resumes! Teens applying for this position must be between the ages of 12 - 18 and must live in Virginia. The application deadline is June 12, 2020.
Judging Applications Closed
Judging applications will be closed by the end of the day.
2021 YAVA Award Celebration
The winning author will be recognized and received a $1,000 cash prize as the 2021 YAVA Award Celebration at the Richmond Public Library on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 2 - 4pm.
We Are the Perfect GirlX
No Place Like HereX
Before I DisappearX
How the Light GetsX
The Birds, the Bees, and You and MeX
Song of the DeadX
We're Mixing It Up in the New Decade for the YAVA Award
This Year Means Some New and Exciting Changes
There’s an all new judging process. This year the YAVA Award will be decided based on a panel of teen judges who will read and evaluate each of the nominated titles.
Our timeline is shifting. Reading and judging by our panel of teens will begin this summer and continue until early 2021.
There is technically no 2020 YAVA Award. But do not despair! We will still be hosting our annual YAVA celebration.
The Impossibility of UsX
It Started with GoodbyeX
Come August, Come FreedomX
The Richmond Public Library’s annual YAVA Award highlights excellence in writing for readers at the middle and high school level by Virginia authors. The YAVA Celebration began in 2013 as “Teen ‘13”. It has grown increasingly over the years to include a year-long award process culminating in the spring with our annual celebration. Beginning in 2020, the YAVA Award winner will be selected by a panel of teen judges and announced during the annual YAVA Celebration. This is our Library's biggest teen event, providing readers an opportunity to interact with local authors, learn about current young adult literature, and engage with others in the community. We value the entire YAVA Award process as an opportunity for teens to connect, engage, and become inspired.