FAQ

Answers to your frequently asked questions about ABIA

General Questions
  • What are the Book Award 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Book of the Year for Younger Children (age range 0 to 8 years)

    Award Description
    This is an award for a children’s book popular with children aged 0–8, 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

    Book of the Year for Older Children (age range 8 to 14 years)

    Award Description
    This is an award for a children’s book popular with children aged 8–14, 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 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 2016 and 31 December 2016 are eligible for entry in the Awards.

  • 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 2017 awards cover?

    The period from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

  • 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.