Award categories and criteria
All sports books, published in the UK in hardback or paperback in calendar year 2020, are eligible. However, different editions of titles shortlisted in last year’s awards are ineligible for submission.
Timing: it is anticipated that the key winning titles in each of the relevant categories will be available in a paperback format for the winners campaign during July 2021.
Please send 1 copy of each submitted title to SBA C/O AGILE IDEAS, Studio 10, Glove Factory Studios, Brook Lane, Holt, Wilts, BA14 6RL.
Each title successfully shortlisted attracts a small levy of £345 per title from BSBA LTD to cover the costs of the design, printing and distribution of the official pos to libraries and retailers. In addition, the winners of each category will incur a further levy of £375 to cover the extra costs of the considerably greater PR coverage and display space.
Autobiography of the Year
For all sports autobiographies of author/subjects born in the UK.
International Sports Autobiography of the Year
For all sports autobiographies of author/subjects not born in the UK.
Cricket Book of the Year
Any work of non-fiction related to cricket.
Football Book of the Year
Any work of non-fiction related to football.
Cycling Book of the Year
Any work of non-fiction related to cycling.
Rugby Book of the Year
Any work of non-fiction related to rugby.
Sports Health & Fitness Book of the Year
For all sports books covering the health, fitness and wellbeing genre
General Outstanding Sports Writing Award
Any work of sports-related fiction or a work of non-fiction focussed on sports NOT listed above.
Illustrated Book of the Year
Best use of photographs and/or drawings in an illustrated sporting title.
Biography of the Year
A biography of a sports-related personality, authorised or unauthorised.
Children’s Sports Book of the Year
Any sports book aimed at children that encourages a love for reading, sports and physical activity.
Overall Sports Book of the Year
At the end of the awards ceremony the Overall Sports Book of the Year will be announced. This will be decided by the judges from the winning books of each category.
Each of the specific sports category awards will be judged by either, the relevant Sport’s Writers’ Association or a separately selected specific panel of judges, under the guidance of SBA Chairman David Willis. All collated submission lists are passed to the individual judging panels for assessment before the shortlists are set. Further titles may be called in by the judging committees.
The number of submissions for each category will confirm which awards are actually presented, so the number of categories may vary from the above if too few are submitted in any category.