The Santa Monica Public Library is calling on entries for its fourth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards.

The green prize was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce books that make significant contributions to, and broaden public awareness of, sustainability, a library spokesperson said. Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

The awards are sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Green prizes will be awarded in fiction and nonfiction categories to books published in the United States in 2009.

Books may be submitted by following the guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library Web site at www.smpl.org/greenprize.htm/. The submission deadline is April 30th.

Authors, illustrators and publishers are encouraged to submit titles for consideration. Additionally, the public is encouraged to suggest titles for the green prize. Criteria include effective presentation of material; distinctive literary quality; and originality of scholarship. Youth titles to be considered should have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in grades K-12.

A selection committee consisting of librarians and local authorities on sustainable issues will choose the winning titles that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective categories. The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony at the Santa Monica Public Library in October.

Information, www.smpl.org/greenprize.htm/, or (310) 458-8600.

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