The State Library of Victoria has announced the shortlist for the 2012 Inky Awards for young adult literature and now invites Australian teen readers to vote for a winner.The Inky Awards were founded by the State Library’s Centre for Youth Literature in 2007 as Australia’s first national teen choice awards for young adult literature.

The 2012 shortlist includes five Australian and five international youth literature books. Australian books are eligible for the Gold Inky and a $2,000 prize. International books are eligible for the Silver Inky.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of four teen judges as well as blogger Danielle Binks and James Moloney, winner of the 2011 Gold Inky Award for his book Silvermay.

The shortlist is available on the State Library’s youth literature website where teen readers can vote for their favourite books and determine the winners.

The Centre for Youth Literature’s Program Coordinator, Adele Walsh, says the Inky Awards encourage teens to read for pleasure and share the stories they enjoy with their peers.

‘The winners of the Inky Awards are chosen by the audience the authors have written for–teens. That’s a great way to get young adults excited about reading and it is great for the authors to get that recognition.’

The wining books will be announced at Inky Fest at the State Library Tuesday 23 October. For more information and bookings visit

The winners’ announcement will be followed by the Inky Fest Schools’ Day on 24 October. Authors James Moloney (2011 Inky Gold Winner), Rhiannon Hart (2012 Gold Inky Longlist) and a surprise guest author will facilitate workshops with students in years 5 to 10. For more information or bookings email

Voting is now open at

The 2012 Inky Awards shortlist

Gold Inky shortlist (Australian novels)

Shift by Em Bailey
Hardy Grant Egmont

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
Penguin Books Australia

Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner
Harper Collins

Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall
Text Publishing

The Reluctant Hallelujah
by Gabrielle Williams
Puffin Books Australia

Silver Inky shortlist (international novels)

BZRK by Michael Grant
Egmont Books

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Penguin Books

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Hardie Grant

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Walker Books

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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