Morris Award

Morris Award SealThe William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The award's namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults.

2017 Winner

"The Serpent King" by Jeff ZentnerThe Serpent King by Becky Albertalli

The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

2017 Finalists

Girl Mans UP by M-E GirardRani Patel In Full Effect by Sonia PatelThe Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonni-Sue HitchcockTell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin