Polaris Black submitted:
The International Book Award honors those who foster harmony and cooperation between the magical nations of the world through their writing. The Award was established in 1950 and such writers as Udo Molitor, Newt Scamander, Ludo Ariosto, Athena Kircher, Walter Morris, Gilderoy Lockhart, Emily Blackwell, Bathilda Bagshot, Kennilworthy Whisp, and John Salgrado have all won the Award, just to name a few.
Judges must be experts in the field and can be writers, literary critics, librarians, and booksellers. A total of 20 judges are selected, including five in each of the four Award categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be published between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year and it must also be nominated by its publisher.
Each panel reads all of the books submitted in their category and compiles a “longlist” of ten titles, which is then further narrowed down to a list of five Finalists. The panel may arrive at these selections using whatever criteria they deem appropriate as long as there is no conflict with the general guidelines that are provided. This year, the five Nonfiction Finalists are:
- An Appraisal of Magical Education in the World by Selena Gallagher
- Around the World in 80 Magical Recipes by Gabrielle Delacour
- Azkaban: A Plan to Solve the Global Climate Crisis by Agnetha Rowle
- Festivals of Death Around the World by Sir Shiro's Ghostly Services
- The Handbook of Quidditch Mascots by Rolf Scamander
And the winner is Festivals of Death Around the World
by Sir Shiro's Ghostly Services! This group of authors, i.e., Pale-Faced Pecan, Lost Nightmare, and Giselle, are known for organizing spectacularly accurate spiritual festivals and fantasmic Deathday celebrations. Congratulations and well deserved!