FAQ

Answers to your frequently asked questions about ABIA

General Questions
  • What are the Award Categories?

    Book Award Categories

    Biography Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a high-quality biography or autobiography with broad appeal, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

    Award Description
    This is an award for a children’s picture book popular with children aged 0–6, written and illustrated by Australians, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)

    Award Description

    This is an award for a children’s book popular with children aged 7-12, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Note: Picture books intended for children in this age range should be entered in this category.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)

    Award Description
    This is an award for a children’s book popular with children aged 13+, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Note: Picture books intended for teenagers should be entered in this category.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 – 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    General Fiction Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a work of general fiction with mass market appeal, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    General Non-fiction Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a work of general non-fiction with mass market appeal, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Illustrated Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for an illustrated book in any genre with high production values and broad appeal, written by an Australian author, which exemplifies outstanding and innovative design. It will have sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    International Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a work of any kind (fiction, non-fiction, illustrated, children’s, etc.) with broad appeal, written by an author who is NOT Australian, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Literary Fiction Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a work of outstanding literary fiction with broad appeal, written by an Australian author. It will have been well reviewed, sold well across the Australian marketplace, been a candidate for literary awards and created a buzz in the book trade.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a work of outstanding adult fiction or non-fiction, with broad appeal, written by an Australian author, published by a small publisher whose turnover does not exceed $10 million. It will have been well received, sold well in a variety of bookshops, been a candidate for literary awards and generally exceeded expectations.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

    Award Description
    This is an award for a children’s or young adult book, with broad appeal, written by an Australian author, published by a small publisher whose turnover does not exceed $10 million. It will have been well received, sold well in a variety of bookshops, been a candidate for literary awards and generally exceeded expectations.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

    Award Description
    This is a major award for a new writer, awarded to an Australian author of ANY genre who made an impact during the period.

    Titles entered for Matt Richell New Writer Award may also be entered into another category.

    Only books published between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Audiobook of the Year Award.

    This award is for audiobooks originated in Australia using Australian books by Australian authors and published in the calendar year 2017.

    Each publisher may enter up to 3 titles.

    Business Award Categories

    Publisher of the Year

    This is an award for the Australian publisher with a turnover of more than $10 million whose publishing programme (including sales, promotion, editorial and production) demonstrated excellence, commensurate with the publisher’s size, for the period January to December 2017, and which contributed to the success of the industry.

    Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

    Small Publisher of the Year

    This is an award for the Australian publisher with a turnover of less than $10 million whose publishing programme (including sales, promotion, editorial and production) demonstrated excellence, commensurate with the publisher’s size, for the period January to December 2017, and which has contributed to the overall success of the industry.

    Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

    Retailer of the Year

    This is an award for the Australian company or group of companies or retailers that has best demonstrated excellence and contributed to the overall success of the industry over the course of the year January to December 2017.

    This award is open only to Australian-registered national retailers, including: book retail chains, discount department stores, online retailers and other retailers successfully selling books as part of a larger range of products.

    Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

    Independent Retailer of the Year

    This is an award for the Australian independent book retailer who best demonstrated excellence over the course of the year January to December 2017. Entrants should have no more than ten stores and a turnover of less than $50M and should not be a part of group of companies or retailers with a combined turnover of more than $50M.

    Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

    Rising Star of the Year *NEW*

    This award recognises emerging talent in the Australian publishing industry, whose record reflects ongoing excellence and growth in contribution to their profession. The nominee must be currently working in the Australian publishing industry, and have been part of the industry for less than 10 years as of 31 December 2017. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

    Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

  • What are the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs)?

    The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.

  • What period do the 2018 awards cover?

    The period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

  • How are the ABIA book categories decided?

    The ABIA Academy is constituted to vote on the twelve Book Award categories to decide on the Book Award short-lists. The ABIA Voting Academy is made up of over 100 representatives from across the bookselling and publishing industry as well as additional specialist experts. Following the announcement of the short-lists a series of expert panels will ultimately decide on the winner in each category.

  • How are the Business Awards decided?

    The Business Awards are decided by a judging panel composed of experienced and impartial business people from a diverse range of industries (with a focus on culture/copyright industries) and currently serving senior members from the publishing industry, including members of the Australian Publishers Association board, publishing executives and the heads of associations such as the Australian Booksellers Association of the Australian Society of Authors. The panel is chaired by a veteran on the publishing industry who has held a very senior role within the industry.’

  • When are the awards announced?

    The 2018 ABIAs will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 3 May.

  • Are the awards just for Australian writers?

    The awards are primarily for Australian writers and illustrators however there is one award that is specifically for a writer or illustrator who is not Australian, this award is for the International Book of the Year.

  • Is there a lifetime achievement award at the ABIAs?

    There are two awards that acknowledge a significant contribution to book publishing and bookselling industry:

    -          Pixie O’Harris Award: This is a major award for a person who has given outstanding, distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of Australian children’s books.

    -          Lloyd O’Neil Award: This is a major award for a person who has provided distinguished and dedicated service to the development and reputation of the Australian book industry.