Mako Prize

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The goal of the Mako Prize is to help readers find books they love and may not have found on their own. All books in the tournament were published in the previous calendar year, so many readers aren’t yet familiar with them. We choose the books in the tournament to reflect a range of voices, interests, and genres. We want there to be something for everyone while also giving readers the opportunity to discover something new.

Our broader goal is to create a community of and for readers. We hold periodic events where judges can talk to each other about their books and participate in bookish activities.

We have two competitions: the Mako Prize for adult fiction and Mako Prize YA for young adult fiction.


Students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents — anyone can judge! Judges can participate in as many rounds as they would like.

How It Works

When a reader judges a round, they read both books in a match, then vote for which one they think should advance to the next round. There is no rubric; the reader gets to decide the basis of what it means to win the match.

Copies of Mako books are available in the Middle and Upper School Media Centers in hardcover and eBook formats. They are also available in Broward County Public Libraries.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about each competition.

To join the Mako Prize judges' panel or to learn more, contact Ann Sellers at

Learn More

To learn more about our The Mako Prize, please contact Ann Sellers, NSU University School Director of Student Academic Services, at