The 2015 Inky Awards were announced today at the State Library honouring the best loved in YA literature.

This year’s Gold Inky went to Gabrielle Tozer for her debut novel The Intern (HarperCollins).

The Intern

The Intern tells the story of Josie, a budding young writer who lands her dream internship at a women’s magazine. Awarded to an to an Australian author, the coveted prize includes $2,000 prize money. Attending the ceremony in Melbourne, Gabrielle told the audience: ‘I consider it an honour to write YA for young people’.

Gold Inky Award winning author with the panel of teen judges

Gold Inky Award winning author Gabrielle Tozer with the panel of teen judges

The Silver Inky, which is awarded each year to an international author, went to American author Rainbow Rowell for her second novel Fangirl (PanMacmillan).
Fangirl_Pan Macmillan

Based in Nebraska, Rainbow was unable to attend the awards ceremony but sent this message to her fans watching from Melbourne:

Now in their 9th year, the Inky Awards are Australia’s only literary prize for YA literature where the winners are chosen by young adult readers.

A panel of teen judges select 10 short-listed books from a longlist of the most popular YA titles of the year. Readers aged 12-20 years old are then invited to vote for their choice online through the national youth literature website

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