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At the Malta Book Awards, held in January 2011 by the National Book Council under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Malta, at Castille, Valletta, Merlin once again triumphed, winning the largest number of awards of the night. These included both first and second prizes in the most prestigious categories, viz Novels and Short Stories, Children's Fiction and Teenage Fiction.
In addition, the Best Illustrator Award went to Mark Scicluna for 3 Merlin publications.
Special congratulations go to Merlin author Clare Azzopardi, who had the rare honour of winning both first and second prize - for two of her books - in the same category.
Merlin's prizes were the following:
First Prize, Novels and Short Stories: Qed Nistenniek Nieżla max-Xita, Pierre J. Mejlak
Second Prize, Novels and Short Stories: 45
First Prize, Children's Fiction: Il-Każ (Kważi) Kollu tal-Aħwa De Molizz, Clare Azzopardi
Second Prize, Children's Fiction: Ir-Re Pankrazju Jagħlaq Mitt Sena, Clare Azzopardi
First Prize, Teenage Fiction: Il-Ġnien tad-Dmugħ, Simon Bartolo / Loranne Vella
Second Prize, Teenage Fiction: L-Aħħar Ġranet ta' Ciorni, Mario Azzopardi
Best Illustrator: Mark Scicluna for 3 Merlin publications