The longlist for the 2018 Inky Awards, Australia’s national teen choice awards for young adult literature, has been announced today.

Teens across Australia can now apply to join the 2018 judging panel for the chance to choose this year’s shortlist.

Founded in 2007 by The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria, the Inky Awards give young adults the opportunity to vote for their favourite YA release of the year.

Twenty titles have been longlisted across two categories: the Gold Inky for Australian fiction and the Silver Inky for international fiction.

Program Coordinator Adele Walsh said the Inky Awards longlist showcases young adult literature that is chosen and curated by teen readers for their peers.

“Former teen judges and Inside a Dog website contributors have created an eclectic longlist that represents strong and well-crafted voices from across Australia and abroad,” Ms Walsh said.

“Narrowing them down to a shortlist will be a challenging task!”

Applications to be a 2018 Inky Awards teen judge close on 26 March 2018.

“The teen judging panel takes the responsibility to read all twenty YA titles with great seriousness (and humour), winnowing them down to an inclusive, authentic and enjoyable shortlist. Our team is excited to read the applications and find our 2018 judging panel,” Ms Walsh said.

The shortlist will be announced in August and the 2018 Inky Award winners will be determined by public vote at and announced in October.

2018 Inky Awards Longlist

Gold Inky Award

  • Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • In the Dark Places by Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (Text Publishing)
  • Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood (Pan Macmillan)
  • Ida by Alison Evans (Echo, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing)
  • Wreck by Fleur Ferris (Penguin Random House)
  • A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes (Penguin Random House)
  • Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Paper Cranes Don’t Fly by Peter Vu (Ford Street Publishing)
  • Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing)

Silver Inky Award

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Penguin Random House)
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Penguin Random House)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (Walker Books)
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King (Text Publishing)
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (HarperCollins)
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (Allen & Unwin)
  • Warcross by Marie Lu (Penguin Random House)
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus (Penguin Random House)
  • Release by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)

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