Inky Awards

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The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of the Inside a Dog website. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian young adult title, and the Silver Inky Award for an international (non-Australian) young adult title.

The Awards are named after Inky – the Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.

The Inky Awards were founded by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library Victoria in 2007 as Australia's first national teen choice awards for young adult literature.

Gold Inky Award Winners (Australian)[edit]

Year Author Title Publisher
2018 Peter Vu Paper Cranes Don’t Fly[1] Ford Street
2017 Cath Crowley Words in Deep Blue[2] Pan Macmillan
2016 Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Illuminae[3] Allen and Unwin
2015 Gabrielle Tozer The Intern[4] HarperCollins
2014 Will Kostakis The First Third[5] Penguin Random House
2013 Barry Jonsberg My Life as an Alphabet[6] Allen and Unwin
2012 Em Bailey Shift[7] Hardie Grant Egmont
2011 James Moloney Silvermay HarperCollins
2010 Lucy Christopher Stolen[8] Scholastic
2009 Randa Abdul-Fattah Where the Streets Have No Name[9] HarperCollins
2008 James Roy Town[10] University of Queensland Press
2007 Simmone Howell Notes from the Teenage Underground[11] Pan Macmillan

Silver Inky Award Winners (Non-Australian)[edit]

Year Author Title Publisher
2018 Angie Thomas The Hate U Give[1] Walker
2017 Alice Oseman Radio Silence[2] HarperCollins
2016 Jandy Nelson I'll Give You the Sun[3] Walker Books
2015 Rainbow Rowell Fangirl[4] Pan Macmillan
2014 Julie Berry All The Truth That's In Me[5] HarperCollins
2013 Maggie Stiefvater Raven Boys[6] Scholastic
2012 John Green The Fault in Our Stars[12] Penguin Random House
2011 Cassandra Clare Clockwork Angel Walker Books
2010 Maggie Stiefvater Shiver[8] Scholastic
2009 Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games[9] Scholastic
2008 Jenny Downham Before I Die[9] Penguin Random House
2007 John Green Looking for Alaska[11] HarperCollins

The Process[edit]

Eligible books are submitted for consideration by publishers via a nomination form on

A longlist of 10 Australian books and 10 international books is then selected by "Inky Awards teen alumni", with the Centre for Youth Literature staff acting as the filter for coordination and eligibility.

The longlist is read by a panel of teenaged judges, who whittle the list down to a shortlist of ten books (5 Australian, 5 international).

The shortlist is published on Inside a Dog and individuals aged 12–18 can vote for their favourite. The Australian book with the most votes receives the Gold Inky Award and a cash prize ($2000), and the international book with the most votes wins the Silver Inky Award.[13]

Reference List[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vu, Thomas win 2018 Inky Awards | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  2. ^ a b "2017 Winners | Inside A Dog". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ a b "2016 Inky Awards: The Winners!". Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  4. ^ a b "Gabrielle Tozer wins 2015 Gold Inky Award for debut novel". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  5. ^ a b "2014 Inky Award winners announced". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ a b "Inky Awards teen choice literary prize winners announced at State Library of Victoria". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^ "Winners of the Inky Awards 2012". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  8. ^ a b "Stolen, Shiver win the 2010 Inky Awards". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  9. ^ a b c "Where The Streets Had A Name and The Hunger Games win the 2009 Inky Awards". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  10. ^ "Teenage-voted Inky Award Winners announced". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  11. ^ a b "Inky Awards 2007". Archived from the original on 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-05-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Winners of the Inky Awards 2012". Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  13. ^ "The Inky Awards". Inside a Dog. Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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