The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria announced the winners of the 2013 Inky Awards – Australia’s only national teen choice literary prize.
The Gold Inky is awarded to an Australian author and includes $2,000 prize money. The 2013 Gold Inky winner is My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin).
My Life as an Alphabet by Barry Jonsberg
Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little … odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to ‘fix’ all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.
The Silver Inky is awarded to an international author. The 2013 Silver Inky winner is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic).
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.
The Inky Awards are teen choice literary prizes. A panel of young adults judges from across Australia select the shortlist, which is then opened to a public vote for readers aged 12-20. The books with the most votes win.
The Centre for Youth Literature’s Manager, Anna Burkey, says the Inky Awards encourage young people to read for pleasure and share the stories they enjoy.
‘The Inky Awards are distinctive, providing a space for young people to champion the year’s very best YA fiction. 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 fantastic for the authors to get that recognition.’
The Inky Awards were founded by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria in 2007 as Australia’s first national teen choice awards for young adult literature.
For those who could not attend – hear direct from our Gold Inky winner, Barry Jonsberg.
Maggie Stiefvater was unable to attend but sent this acceptance video in here place.