Submissions are now closed for the 2020 Mathical Book Prize.

Thank you—we look forward to reading what you sent us! Winners will be announced in March 2020.

Archived: View the 2020 Call for Submissions (PDF)

Have a favorite title from a past year that you really enjoyed? Submit it for consideration as a Mathical Honor Book

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2020 Mathical Book Prize FAQ

There is no submission fee for the 2020 Mathical Book Prize.
Mathical Book Prize winners are limited to frontlist titles only (published in calendar year 2019).
Publishers may submit up to 3 frontlist titles (published in 2019).
  • A single frontlist title (published in 2019) will be awarded the Mathical Book Prize annually in each of five age categories.
  • Additional frontlist titles may be named as Honor Books across the same age categories.
  • Both fiction and nonfiction titles may be submitted.
  • Textbooks, workbooks, kits, and experiment-only books are not eligible.
Books must be intended for grades Pre-K through 12.
  • All books must originate with a children’s publishing company or division and must be published (not simply distributed) by a publisher incorporated in the U.S.
  • Spanish-language editions published in the U.S. simultaneously with English-language editions are eligible.
  • Books translated into English are eligible.
Publishers will be contacted to share materials (such as high-resolution cover images) if any submissions are selected as 2020 winning titles or honor books.
For additional information, please contact Kirsten Bohl, Mathical Book Prize coordinator, at

What about backlist submissions?

The Mathical Selection Committee welcomes nominations for backlist titles:

  • Currently in print
  • Published in 2009-2018
  • Never previously submitted for the Mathical Book Prize.

Backlist titles will be considered for the designation of Mathical Honor Books, which are included in the Mathical reading list and publicity materials. To nominate one or more backlist titles for consideration, see the online suggestion form.

Suggest a Backlist Title