The Santa Monica Public Libraryís Green Prize for Sustainable Literature submission deadline is Monday, April 30th.

The Green Prize, sponsored by the City of Santa Monicaís Environmental Programs Division and the Santa Monica Public Library, will be awarded in September for books in four categories ó adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction and youth nonfiction.

The Green Prize has been created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability, according to officials.

Sustainability is defined as ìmeeting current needs ó environmental, economic and social ó without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same,î said city officials.

Books published in the United States during the 2006 calendar year are eligible for the prize.

Criteria include effective presentation of material; distinctive literary quality; and originality of scholarship.

Youth titles considered should have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Applicants can submit titles for consideration by following instructions on the Santa Monica Public Library at /greenprize.htm/.

From the initial application process, a selection committee, consisting of librarians and local authorities on sustainable issues, will choose a group of finalists.

The winning titles, which demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective categories, will be selected from this group and announced on July 1st. A presentation ceremony will take place in Santa Monica in September.

Information about the Santa Monica Public Libraryís Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, or the Santa Monica Public Library, (310) 458-8600.