Inkie Awards longlist collage

The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria has announced the longlist for the 2017 Inky Awards for young adult literature.

Past Inky Awards judge Chloe Kam and Centre for Youth Literature Program Coordinator Adele Walsh revealed the longlist live on stage during the Perth Writers Festival Schools Program.

The Inky Awards are Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature. The longlist of 10 Australian and 10 international young adult books was selected by a panel of past Inky Awards judges and Inside a Dog alumni, all young readers aged between 12 and 20 years.

There are two Inky Award categories, the Gold Inky for a title by an Australian author, which includes $2,000 in prize money, and the Silver Inky for a title by an international author.

Program Coordinator Adele Walsh said, ‘the longlist judges are an extremely eclectic group of young readers from across the country, who are passionate about what kinds of books for teens deserve to be recognised.

‘I’ve often observed that teens seem to be ahead of the curve when it comes to discussions around representation, and I think their choices reflect their sensitivity and receptiveness to the need for diverse stories.’

The Centre for Youth Literature now invites teen readers to apply to join the 2017 judging panel. Applications to be a 2017 Inky Awards judge close 22 March 2017 and can be made via the Centre for Youth Literature’s teen literature website.

The shortlist will be announced in August 2017 when public voting opens to determine the overall winners.

2017 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky Award

  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza (Penguin)
  • The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Hachette)
  • The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis (Penguin)
  • The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub (Harper Collins)
  • My First Lesson by various, edited by Alice Pung (Black Inc.)
  • When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah (Pan Macmillan)
  • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Allen and Unwin)
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Collins)
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley (Pan Macmillan)
  • One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn (UQP)

Silver Inky Award

  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Penguin Random House)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House)
  • Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley (Faber)
  • Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (Bloomsbury)
  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (Penguin Random House)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster)
  • You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (Text Publishing)
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (Hot Key)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (Harper Collins)

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