The Santa Monica Public Library is accepting entries for its third annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards.

The awards are sponsored by the City of Santa Monica’s Environmental Programs Division and the Santa Monica Public Library. The Green Prize was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, and broaden public awareness of, sustainability.

According to the city’s sustainable plan, sustainability is defined as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

Green Prizes will be awarded in the categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Adult Reference, Youth Fiction, Youth Nonfiction, and Youth Picture Book. In addition, an adult and youth title will also be selected as Local Impact Winners.

Books published in the United States last year are eligible for the prize. Authors, illustrators and publishers may submit titles for consideration. Additionally, the public is asked 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 kindergarten through 12th grade.

Books may be submitted by following the guidelines on the Santa Monica Public Library Web site, www.smpl.org/green prize.htm/.

The submission deadline is March 31st. 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 about the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, www.smpl.org/greenprize.htm/, or the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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