The Centre for Youth Literature at State Library Victoria is proud to announce the winners the 2016 Inky Awards for young adult literature today, celebrating a decade of the national teen choice prize.
The Inky Awards were established in 2007 as Australia’s first, and still only, national teen choice awards for young adult literature. The Inky Awards have recognised the best and brightest in global youth literature from Melbourne’s own Simmone Howell, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Will Kostakis, to the international talents of John Green, Maggie Steifvater and Jenny Downham.
This year has seen many achievements;
• 50 % increase in applicants for the teen judge positions
• The launch of the Ambassador program in four schools across the country – Somerset College (Qld), Wilderness School (SA), Taylors Lakes Secondary College (VIC) and The King’s School (NSW).
• The distribution of 40k longlist bookmarks in over 150 bookstores, libraries and high schools nationally.
• Thousands of downloads of the resource toolkits
• Awards judges, past and present, presenting on stage at the Sydney and Melbourne Writers Festivals.
• The most number of votes in the Awards history – an 18% growth on 2015.
But we know what you’re here for…..
2016 Gold Inky winner
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin).
Amie and Jay: “We’re so incredibly honoured to win an award like this — it’s impossible to overstate the importance of awards like the Inkys that are for teens and by teens. We’re so proud to be representing Aussie YA and adding the first science fiction title to an amazing list of past winners.”
2016 Silver Inky winner
I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (Walker Books Australia)
Head over to Inside a Dog to see the entire announcement and video acceptances from the winners.
You can find out how to be involves in the 2017 Inky Awards here.