The Awards Committe recommended to the P.A.C.E. Board that the Award should not be presented this year. The committee confirmed that:
“None of the submissions met the criteria fully and were not close to being considered by a publisher. In the past years we have had excellent submissions, some of which have been published commercially, and are enjoying great acclaim in the field of children’s literature. It is important to maintain the level of excellence that our organization has established”.