FAQ

Answers to your frequently asked questions about ABIA

General Questions
  • 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.