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Australian YA Awards

Date Published: 18/06/2018

Exciting times for Thomas Good (Yr 11 Padua College), a member of the senior Padua and Mt Alvernia book club. Thomas has been selected as a judge for the 2018 Inky Awards!

We all have our personal favourite young-adult (YA) books, authors and genres, and possibly something you are reading might be award winning. Padua and Mt Alvernia book club members are currently reading their way through the theme of award-winning books, but if you are asking yourself questions like “What’s an Inky Award?”, keep reading to discover why some books win awards, who selects the winning books and what the national awards are for.

Article by Donna Miller

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Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award

Since 1946 experienced literary professionals have been promoting quality Australia YA literature through judging the prestigious Book of the Year awards. The aim of CBCA awards is to recognise YA literature, support Australian writers and importantly, celebrate excellent literature for under 18’s.

Current CBCA Award winners

Inky Award

A gold Inky for an Australian book and a silver Inky award for an international book are chosen by teens (ages 12-18) after a panel of eight teenaged judges have read and agreed on a shortlist of ten books which have been selected for originality, quality, readability, characters and general likeability.

Current Inky Award winners

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Young-Adult literature)

This award began in 2010 and a panel of five expert judges select a short list of Australian books which make a cultural contribution to national literary. The panel then provides recommendations for the Prime Minister’s consideration. Winners receive $80,000 prize!

Current Prime Minister's Literary Award winners

Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA)

The book winners for this award are not determined by a panel but are recommended, read, rated and voted for by students. The awards have been running for more than 30 years and are designed to encourage book appreciation and reading involvement for school-age students.

Current Young Australians Best Book Award winners

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