The winner of the Literary Contest of Novels for Youth 2018 is Mark Calleja, with the manuscript Karma Red.
The Literary Contest – Novels for Youth is an annual contest which was set up by the National Book Council in collaboration with Aġenzija Żgħażagħ with the aim of selecting and rewarding novels in Maltese that address young adults and the various issues that they deal with in this particular stage of their life without adopting a moralising or didactic stance.
The award-giving ceremony took place at the inauguration of the Campus Book Festival 2019 at the University of Malta. Present at the ceremony were Officer for Youth Work at Aġenzija Żgħażagħ Isabelle Mallia, Executive Chairman of the NBC Mark Camilleri and the President of l-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università Sephora Francalanza.
In total four manuscripts were submitted and the winner was chosen by a board of independent adjudicators.
Mark Calleja was given a commemorative trophy and certificate, and he also received the sum of €1,000. He will subsequently be asked to sign a contract in which he will be awarded funds for the publication of their work with a local publisher of his choice.