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 2016 awards cover?
The period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.
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). 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 2016 ABIAs will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday 19th 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.