The 2014 Inky Awards Shortlist

The Inky Awards are for the best new young adult books, as voted for by teen readers.

The Centre for Youth Literature is extremely proud to announce the 2014 Inky Awards shortlist. We had a fantastic team of teen panelists (to find out more about them, visit our judges page on Inside A Dog), who spent hours warring over their favourite Inky Awards longlisted books. Our judges took their responsibilities very seriously, and it was great to see such a considered and diverse discussion about books. Their dedication, passion, and enthusiasm resulted in a smashing selection.

Drum roll please…..the 2014 Inky Awards shortlist is…

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Gold Inky Award:
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Allen and Unwin)
The First Third by Will Kostakis (Penguin)
Every Breath by Ellie Marney (Allen and Unwin)
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House )
The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)

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Silver Inky Award:
All the Truth That’s in Me – Julie Berry (HarperCollins Publishers)
Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (Random House )
ACID - Emma Pass (Random House )
Mad Made Boy – Jon Skovron (Allen and Unwin)
Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase – Jonathan Stroud (Random House)

VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR AGES 12-20.

The wining books will be announced at an interactive, fun, and author populated event at the State Library on the 21st of October. More information can be found here.

Follow on twitter with the hashtag #InkyAwards.

Announcing Reading Matters 2015

It’s that time again on the youth literature calendar – Reading Matters 2015 is in production!

Reading Matters is a national celebration of youth literature taking the audience on a journey into fiction, graphic novels, poetry, gaming and prose.

Dates:   28 May – 2 June 2015 in Melbourne; then touring. 

There are six key components to Reading Matters 2015:

  • National conference for youth literature professionals and advocates.
  • Publishing Expo, pop-up bookshop and author signings.
  • Schools program in Melbourne.
  • Public events program in Melbourne.
  • Victorian tour: regional public, schools and professional events.
  • National tour: regional QLD, TAS & SA (tbc).

Reading Matters is a unique opportunity for youth literature fans and professionals to gather to discuss big issues, trends, and celebrate new and established young adult writers. Our audience is the most important element of the program and we want to hear from you.

Pitch us your Reading Matters ideas! What would you like to see?  What is youth literature to you? Read the rest of this entry »

OUT LOUD 2014 – Teen Poetry Slam Competitions (Workshops Available)

Read Alert pictureOut Loud is a teen performance poetry event coordinated by Australian Poetry and has been a massive success at the Melbourne Writers Festival in recent years.

OutLoud is unique because it’s a team event.  Each member relies on the others to get the best out of their original poetry and everyone contributes to the amazing result.

Last year’s winners were Braemar College, and it’s worth taking a couple of minutes to see their astonishing performance.

In 2014 the OutLoud Competition is being supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Program, which has allowed us to expand the competition. For the first time, two preliminary finals will take place prior to the Grand Final on August 26th. Read the rest of this entry »

The Dromkeen Medal: Call for Nominations

The Dromkeen Medal: Call for Nominations

The State Library of Victoria, home to the Scholastic Dromkeen Children’s Literature Collection, is pleased to be coordinating the national Dromkeen Awards, comprising the Dromkeen Medal and the Dromkeen Librarian’s Award. The Library is currently calling for nominations for the Dromkeen Medal.

The Dromkeen Medal is bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to Australian children’s and youth literature, and was established in 1982.  The Medal was previously awarded by the Courtney Oldmeadow Children’s Literature Foundation, based at the Dromkeen homestead in Victoria. A full list of past recipients can be found here.

 

Dromkeen MedalMedal Nomination Process 2014

Nominations will be assessed by an independent panel, and the Awards made to coincide with Book Week, in August 2014.

Closing Date for Nominations: 16 June 2014.

DOWNLOAD: Dromkeen Medal Nomination form 2014

 

Nomination forms can returned by post or by email to:

Anna Burkey

Reader Development Manager

State Library of Victoria

aburkey@slv.vic.gov.au

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The Dromkeen Librarian’s Award celebrates significant contributions to the support of young Australian readers, and is presented to a teacher librarian, children’s / youth librarian or literature professional working in libraries. The award winner does not have to be a qualified librarian. A full list of past recipients can be found here. Nomination forms will be issued later in 2014.

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Dromkeen Exhibition

Once Upon a Time: a world of children’s picture book art is currently on display, and is the first Dromkeen exhibition to be held at the State Library of Victoria. The exhibition runs until August 2014, and is free to enter.

Further Information >

Event: Loyal Creatures with Morris Gleitzman

The Centre for Youth Literature and Penguin Teachers’ Academy

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Tuesday 10 June, 10am – 11am
Wednesday 11 June, 10am – 11am

The Courtyard, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $7.70 per person
Bookings: Book online (Tues/Wed) or (03) 8664 7555

Beloved children’s writer Morris Gleitzman has been making Australians laugh and cry for many decades. Gain insight into his newest title, Loyal Creatures, with a special stage performance, followed by a question session with Morris Gleitzman that will further explore the experience of one brave Lighthorseman and his horse during World War 1.

Signing opportunity to follow.

 

Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2014

CBCA  Logo Hi ResThis morning the Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the 2014 shortlists and notables in each of the categories.

  • Early Childhood
  • Eve Pownall
  • Younger Reader
  • Older Reader
  • Picture Book

Titles from the 2013 calendar year are nominated by their publishing houses and each of the state judges are whisked away for days until they decide each of the winners, honours, shortlists and notable lists. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Inky Awards longlist

Ladies and Gents, the Centre for Youth Literature interrupts your regular programming to bring you the 2014 Inky Awards longlist, fresh from the Somerset Celebration of Literature in Queensland!

Drum roll, please…

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Gold Inky Award longlist (Australian books):

Zac and Mia by AJ Betts
All This Could End by Steph Bowe
Steal My Sunshine by Emily Gale
The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
The First Third by Will Kostakis
Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near
Run by Tim Sinclair
The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn

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Silver Inky Award longlist (international books):

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CBCA 2014 Book of the Year Prediction Events

CBCA  Logo Hi ResThe Children’s Book Council of Australia (Victorian branch) held their 2014 Claytons Dinner on Tuesday evening at Trinity College, Kew.  For those unaware, the Claytons are the predictions from local experts on the CBCA Book of the Year Award Categories.  The event takes its name from a non-alcoholic beverage and advertising campaign (1970s-80s)  as it is not quite the real thing.

The Older Readers category (Young Adult Fiction), as predicted by our very own Anna Burkey, were as follows:

  • Wildlife by Fiona Wood (Pan Macmillan)
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near (Random House)
  • The Sultan’s Eyes by Kelly Gardiner (Harper Collins)
  • The Tribe: The Disappearance of Ember Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Walker Books)
  • The Whole of My World by Nicole Hayes (Random House)
  • Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts (UQP)

Honorable mentions:

  • The First Third by Will Kostakis (Penguin)
  • Run by Tim Sinclair (Penguin)
  • Jump by Sean Williams (Allen and Unwin)

You can find the picks for Younger Readers (Middle Grade), Picture Books and Early Childhood on this Storify of the event.

Upcoming Events:

There are many more of these events across Australia should you like to hear about other knowledgeable bookish types on the best titles of 2013.

  • Shortlist Showcase in Canberra took place on 12 March.
  • Claytons Evening: Ballarat 19 March
  • The Night of the Four Judges in Brisbane: 26 March
  • Anticipate, Appreciate, Applaud in Sydney:  8 April
  • And the Winner is… in Adelaide: 7 April
  • There are no equivalent events we could identify in Tasmania, Western Australia or Northern Territory.

Make sure you check out these events!

Welcome to the 2014 Inky Awards!

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Yes, your teen choice book awards are back, and better than ever with a brand new timeline. The Awards are all about showcasing the best and brightest young adult titles, as deemed by Australia’s teens, so following feedback we’ve revised the awards calendar:

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Young Adult Voices at the Digital Writers’ Festival

dwf-logo-w-dates-2According to adults, teenagers are digital natives. Often depicted as a generation glued to their smart phones, snapchatting their selfies, stuck to their Facebook walls with their memes, and their lolcats, and their blatant disregard for spelling and grammar…
But what do young adults really think about the online environment?

As ever, we’re keen to provide a space where the voices and views of young people can be heard, and we’re very proud to be working with the Digital Writers’ Festival to deliver that in an exciting, new way.

Inside a Blog: the teen perspective will be a live-streamed panel celebrating young adult voices, as part of the entirely-online Digital Writers’ Festival. You can take part from anywhere in the world (with a decent internet connection).

Inside a Blog goes live at 11am AEDT on Saturday, 22 February at digitalwritersfestival.com, and features three teenagers who have written blog posts for InsideaDog.com.au in conversation with YA author Myke Bartlett. You can also ask the panellists your own questions, by joining the discussion on Twitter (#DWF14).

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