BolognaRagazzi Award 2023 Regulations


On the occasion of the 2023 Bologna Children’s Book Fair, BolognaFiere will confer the "BolognaRagazzi Award" in the sections FICTION, NON-FICTION, COMICS, OPERA PRIMA (DEBUT WORK), and PHOTOGRAPHY (SPECIAL CATEGORY).

FICTION: dedicated to fictional works of stories or fables in the form of picturebooks or publications whose illustrations are the predominant feature. BolognaRagazzi Award is not a literary prize. Novels and short stories shall not be taken into consideration by the Jury.

NON-FICTION: this section shall include publications providing general or special information on any area of knowledge, science, history, music, or any other topic broadening the learning experience, including biographies.

COMICS: this section includes three subsections: EARLY READER (ages 6 to 9), MIDDLE GRADE (ages 9 to 12) e YOUNG ADULT (ages 13 and up) and is dedicated to comics and graphic novels.

OPERA PRIMA (DEBUT WORK):  this section is reserved for works of hitherto unpublished authors or illustrators with the aim of acknowledging innovative projects and the research they entail. Works by unpublished authors and illustrators entered for the COMICS category shall also be considered eligible for the Debut Work Award.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The 2023 BolognaRagazziAward special category is dedicated to Photography in light of the large number of excellent books for children published down the years that include photography. Publications released in the period 2013 – 2022 may be entered for the competition. Subjects may range from illustrated books presenting photography as an iconic language to picturebooks on the work of major photographers.

The Jury is also entitled to assign: SPECIAL MENTIONS in each award category as well as THE NEW HORIZONS SPECIAL JURY AWARD for a work of excellence from among all those entered by publishers from around the world.

The Awards – consisting of a Certificate of Appreciation of the selected works – will be chosen at the sole discretion of an International Jury, which shall select the most deserving works in each category. The POETRY and COMICS categories will each be adjudicated by a specialist jury for each category made up of experts, which will work in partnership with the BolognaRagazzi Award’s International Jury. The decisions of the International Jury shall, in all cases, be final and shall take into consideration the graphic quality, artistic and technical excellence, and informational value, with particular reference to overall publishing excellence.


Participation in the BolognaRagazzi Award is free of charge and reserved for Publishers. Publications received that are not eligible for the competition will not be returned to the sender. Participation in the Award is subject to complete acceptance of these Regulations.

In particular, each participant declares and warrants that he/she is the owner of the rights allowing submission of the works for the Award, hereby releasing BolognaFiere S.p.A. of all and any liability in respect of third-party claims.

Translated works shall not be accepted.


Publishers participating in the Award may enter one or more works, provided that all entries are the original edition and have been published in the following period:

  • FICTION: original editions published for the first time during the period 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022

  • NON-FICTION: original editions published for the first time during the period 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2022
  • COMICS: original editions published for the first time during the period 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022 (works submitted for the 2020, 2021, 2021 editions of the BolognaRagazzi Award may not be re-entered)
  • OPERA PRIMA (DEBUT WORK): original editions published for the first time during the period 1 January 2022 - 31 December 2022
  •  PHOTOGRAPHY: original editions published for the first time during the period 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2022 


Three (3) copies of each title must be submitted. Each copy must include a completed BOOK CARD, copy of which will be sent together with BolognaFiere’s e-mail confirming the Exhibitor’s application.

Entries must arrive at the address given below between 5 October 2022 and 31 December 2022. Entries may be sent by post, express courier or hand-delivered:


c/o Giannino Stoppani Cooperativa Sociale

Via Nosadella 51/a


Phone no.: + 39 051 587055 / +39 051 6154463



Books entered for the competition must be dispatched in packaging bearing the prescribed BRAW packaging label that all Exhibitors shall receive along with the e-mail confirming acceptance of the application to participate in the competition.

All titles must be received by the BolognaRagazzi Award Secretariat carriage paid.

All titles coming from outside the European Union must be sent with prepayment of all customs clearance and delivery costs (carriage paid to domicile cleared through customs). Please note that the books received shall have no commercial value for BolognaFiere. It is therefore advisable for customs purposes to indicate a value consistent with use of the works for the sole purpose of participation in the competition.

Only titles containing a copy of the completed BOOK CARD and arriving in packages containing a signed and approved copy of the Application Form shall be eligible to enter the competition. Following application, each publisher shall receive an e-mail with the forms to be included. BolognaFiere declines any liability in the event of non-delivery or late arrival of the titles submitted.

Books received cannot be returned to sender or to any other address.

 ART. 5 - JURY

All titles shall be submitted to the final decision of an International Jury, which shall be made up of sector experts. The Jury reserves the right, should it deem necessary, to transfer works from one category to another and to adjudicate the Special Jury NEW HORIZONS Award from among all the entries in all the competition categories.


The titles entered and received free of charge will under no circumstances be returned but may be used by BolognaFiere in permanent or itinerant promotional exhibitions in Italy or abroad.

The Publisher shall remain the exclusive owner of its titles but grants BolognaFiere the non-exclusive right:

  • to reproduce the titles entered and accepted on posters, flyers and other printed matter pertaining to the "Bologna Children’s Book Fair" as well as on any other digital, internet and social media channels of “Bologna Children’s Book Fair”, and of its authorized official partners, also for general promotional purpose);
  • to use and be entitled to cede this right to third parties, reproductions of the titles submitted and accepted, in any form, in the trade show catalogue, as well as to reproduce said material in other publications pertaining to the "Bologna Children’s Book Fair", provided the author(s) and the publisher(s) of the work in question are clearly stated.

BolognaFiere furthermore shall have the right to reproduce, also in part, the works submitted and accepted. BolognaFiere accepts no liability for eventual errors and omissions. Publishers shall forego all claims for compensation regarding the reproduction and use by BolognaFiere, which reserves the right to choose works in order to promote the exhibition “Bologna Children’s Book Fair” and the Awards listed in the Competition Call for Entries.


The Award, consisting of a Certificate of Appreciation, shall be assigned to the Publisher of the work declared the winner of its category. For the purposes of this competition, co-editions shall be considered only those publications expressly indicated as such on the cover and/or title page of the work. Bologna Children’s Book Fair shall send the Publishers winning awards or special mentions the digital kit attesting to the acknowledgement. The Publisher may reproduce and use this kit to promote the award/mention winning book and may share same with publishers buying the rights of the books for publication in other countries.


BolognaFiere may, at its sole discretion, decide to cancel the Award or change the dates without any compensation whatsoever being due to the participants. 


The initiative governed by these regulations qualifies for the exemption referred to in art. 6 of Presidential Decree D. P. R. 430 of 26 October 2001.


Relations between the participants in this initiative and BolognaFiere shall be governed by Italian law. Any disputes arising shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Italian judicial authorities and shall be the exclusive competence of the Bologna court of law. 


Participation in the Initiative and use of the awards are entirely free of charge and entail no obligation or commitment whatsoever over and above the provisions set out in these Regulations.