If you are in anyway active in the UKYA blogging world you would have heard of the UKYABA’s (UK Young Adult Blogger Awards). The awards started back in 2015 and are a way of celebrating the amazing UKYA Bloggers and Vloggers and all they do to help support the bookish community, especially with regards to publishing, authors and readers. It’s a great way to recognise the hard work that these creators put into their blogs, vlogs or bookstagram pages.
Now, I only started becoming active in the UKYA community a few years ago (around the end of 2017), and found out about the awards that way. I’ve been voting in them since then and many of my bookish friends and inspirations have been nominated and gone on to win awards and I am so proud.
Now, nominations for this years awards opened in March and obviously I got on it and did my nominations. At the start of April the longlists were announced and to my utter shock and surprise I was longlisted in the Best Established category and honestly I didn’t know what to say! I was in a state of disbelief. I was amongst some amazing bloggers so to be even be longlisted was amazing! Voting for the shorlists in my category and the best newcomer category opened and I anxiously waited for the voting to close and for the shortlists to be announced.
A few days ago (5th May), the shortlists were announced and despite being nervous, I waited with baited breath on twitter, whilst on Skype to my two friends Emily and Eleanor. The shortlists for Best Established started to be announced and I was utterly astonished to see myself on it! I literally screamed to my friends on Skype and started crying tears of joy and shock. It was such a surreal moment.
When I started blogging back in January 2016 I never dreamed that I would get to where I am today and the fact that people think my cosy bookish corner of the internet is worth recognising is such an incredible feeling. I am honestly humbled and want to thank everyone who voted for me.
However, there are many other brilliant bloggers and vloggers who have been shortlisted in my category and others as well, and I want to showcase them all too!
Shortlisted for Best Newcomer are…
Gavin How To Train Your Gavin
Connie Connie Reads
Ben Books With Ben
Lily Lily and the Fae
Steph Books Love Readers
Beth Books Nest
Amy Amy’s Bookish Life (Me!)
Champion of Diversity
Layla Readable Life
Neelam The Tsundoku Chronicles
Charlotte Reads Rainbow
Emily A Short Book Lover
Katie Her Paper World
Lauren Fiction Tea
Lauren Northern Plunder
Best Bookish Post
Imi and Ellie Beyond A Bookshelf
Meg Meg With Books
Sammy Sammy’s Shelf
Cerys Library of Cerys
Voting for the winner in the Most Inspirational and Champion of Diversity categories are open until 15th May so head over to http://www.ukyaba.co.uk/ to vote! The other shortlists have gone to a panel of judges.
The award ceremony should have been happening at YALC in July but obviously due to the current situation this is probably not happening, so do watch this space for updates!