This award recognises excellence in spoken word storytelling. The winning entry will offer an engaging and immersive audio experience for younger listeners.

Note: Qualifying entries must also be available in print in the UK. English language only.


  • Narration: Clear, well-paced, expressive and appropriate narration, engaging voice acting

  • Craft: Quality of sound, editing and production including – if used – creative and appropriate use of SFX/music for mood and atmosphere

  • Relevance: Age-appropriate themes, content and vocabulary

  • Diversity and respectful representation People and experiences are portrayed authentically and with sensitivity, without stereotyping, generalising or trivialising.

  • Impact: Overall a pleasurable and satisfying audio experience that will withstand repeat listening