The Inky Awards Turn 10! Expressions of Interest now open for flagship ambassador schools

IMG_9257In 2016 the Inky Awards turn ten! To celebrate this decade of teen engagement, the Centre for Youth Literature has expanded the scope of the Awards to create more opportunities for teens to participate.  The Inky school ambassador program invites schools to register as ambassadors for their state.

Ambassador schools will elect a student committee to run shadow events and engagement activities that will promote the Inky Awards and foster a love of reading both within their own students and teens in their wider communities.

Successful schools will be expected to;

  • Support their student committee
  • Host three key shadow events to tie in with the announcements of the longlist, shortlist and winner of the Inky Awards
  • Facilitate two engagement activities during the Awards season (such as reading Olympics, displays or online book clubs)
  • Actively promote and support the Inky Awards in their state’s teaching community
  • Report back to the Centre on the success of their events

The Centre for Youth Literature will support ambassador schools by;

  • Promoting events via a shared calendar
  • Supplying promotional material
  • Providing media opportunities to promote events
  • Offering resources and templates specific to ambassador schools and their student committee to allow them to effectively run these events
  • Connecting schools with guest speakers for shadow events


The Centre for Youth Literature is now taking expressions of interests from schools who wish to become a flagship ambassador school for the Inky Awards.

To register your schools interest, please email


  1. Kezi Todd says:

    Hi – we would love to be involved in this program at Mount St. Joseph’s Girls’ College in Altona.
    We have an enthusiastic and vibrant community of readers here and we would love to do more to promote the Inky Awards.
    With thanks,
    Kezi (literacy co-ordinator and part of the LRC team)

    • Adele Walsh says:

      Hi Kezi

      Thanks for expressing your interest – we’ll be in touch soon!

  2. Hi there,

    Please put Berwick Grammar School/St Margaret’s School down as an expression of interest as an Inky Ambassador school.

    Although we are a small independent school with campuses in Berwick and Officer, we have a great contingent of students who LOVE to read and promote Young Adult Literature which is supported by the English faculty through timetabled READING lessons.

    Kind regards,

    Nicola Farmer

    • Adele Walsh says:

      Hi Nicole – sounds like you have a great group of students! We’ll be in touch shortly.

  3. Jackie Hawkes says:

    What are the dates for the 2016 INKY Awards?
    Thanks – Jackie

    • Adele Walsh says:

      We’ll announce them very shortly.

  4. Jo Harris says:


    St Albans Secondary College Library has been an enthusiastic participant in the Premiers Reading Challenge and has a small group of interested students in the lunchtime book club. We would love to be involved in the Inky Awards. I have a small budget for literacy enrichment and visiting authors.


    Jo Harris
    Library Manager

    • Adele Walsh says:

      Fantastic, Jo! We’ll send you an email post haste.

  5. Julie Purcell says:


    here at Ruyton Girls’ School we would be interested in becoming involved

    Julie Purcell
    Head of Library

    • Adele Walsh says:

      Lovely to have your support, Julie!

  6. Penny Earl says:

    Hi Adele,
    I discussed the possibility of the Taylors Lakes Secondary College Book Club being involved with the Inky’s school ambassador program. It was with great excitement that the students voted overwhelming to try our luck as being a potential ambassador school.
    We have a great bunch of enthusiastic students who love to read and enjoy anything book related. They range in ages from Year 7 to Year 12 and over the years have attended the Reading Matters Conference, The Writers’ Festival and this year attended the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards at the Melbourne Town Hall.

    • Adele Walsh says:

      You’ve made our day, Penny. You’ll find an email awaiting you.

  7. Oh look that’s our Mount Eliza Secondary kids in the photo with our very own “Inky” mascot!! They had a super day and I’m sure would love to do it all again. We’d love to get involved if possible in the ambassador program.
    Lynn Swannell
    Head of Library

    • Jordi Kerr says:

      Wonderful news, Lynn! We’ve sent you an email.

  8. Here at Emerald Secondary College we have always loved CYL projects, and have had a guest blogger on Inside a dog (Leah Hawkins).
    We are keen to be considered as candidates for the Ambassador program.
    For the second year, our Year 8 students are working on a collaborative 20,000 word novel which they will publish, as they did last year. (NANOWRIMO)
    This year our students are hoping to present this project – we are creating a documentary about the process, and would love to share it at the MWF or other events as sanctioned by you.
    Carrie Wallis – English teacher

    • Jordi Kerr says:

      Hi Carrie and Tracey! What great programs your students are working on!
      Thank you for the love – please check your inbox for an email from us.

  9. Mairi Stewart says:

    Dromana College would love to be an Ambassador School so we can help to spread the INKY love. For the past few years, a small but enthusiastic contingent of readers from Dromana College has attended the INKY Awards and loved meeting the authors and taking part in the quiz as “One More Page” (our Book Club)

    Mairi Stewart
    Head of Library
    Dromana College

    • Jordi Kerr says:

      Fantastic! So great to have your support and enthusiasm, Mairi!

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