The Santa Monica Public Library is accepting entries for the sixth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, a contest that is intended to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publisher who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, and broaden public awareness of, sustainability.

The Green Prize is sponsored by the library and City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

City Hall’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

Books published in the U.S. in 2011 are eligible for the prize. Authors, illustrators and publishers are encouraged to submit titles for consideration. Additionally, the public is encouraged to suggests titles.

Criteria include effective presentation of material, distinctive literary quality and originality of scholarship.

Youth titles to be considered should have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in grades K-12.

Books may be submitted on the library’s website at smpl.org/Green_Prize.aspx.

The submission deadline is April 30, 2012. A selection committee consisting of librarians and local authorities on sustainable issues will choose the winning titles that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective categories.

The winners will be announced later this year, preceding an awards program in September.

For more information, call (310) 458-8600.

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