2022 Publishing Rising Star shortlist

31 May 2022

The shortlist for the 2022 Publishing Rising Star, proudly supported by MediaSuper, has been announced.

These six industry professionals commenced their careers in publishing over the past ten years and are being recognised as emerging talents to watch in the Australian publishing arena.

Kate Lloyd

Kate Lloyd is the sales and marketing manager at Text Publishing. She has worked in the Australian publishing industry for six years. Kate developed her marketing and publishing experience at Major Street Publishing under Lesley Williams, while studying and interning at the Stella Prize and Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Her next role was at Text as marketing coordinator, where she worked on promotional campaigns across the list, including for books by Graeme Simsion, Nina Kenwood and Garry Disher. Kate became the marketing manager in 2020 and helped foster the connection between the company and its authors during the lockdown periods. Kate has experience in building community through books and reading on social media and has been part of Australia’s #bookstagram community for almost a decade. She co-created the online bookish marketplace Nook and Burrow, boosting the profile of Australian authors on her Instagram account. As marketing manager, Kate has developed dynamic campaigns for Amanda Lohrey, Jennifer Down and Helen Garner.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Emily Cook

Emily Cook

Emily Cook is the Community and Media Manager at Ultimo Press, which has been operating since September 2020. Emily was Senior Publicist at Penguin Random House, where she produced well-rounded publicity campaigns for a cross-section of authors and books while working on special campaigns to increase awareness of the company’s brand and titles. She has managed communications and events at the Irish Writers Centre, assisted with business development, training and marketing at the Independent Publishers Guild, a trade organisation for independent publishers in the United Kingdom, and worked as Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator at Imperial College Business School and as a sales, marketing and publicity intern at Melbourne University Press.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Mika Tabata

Mika Tabata

Mika Tabata initially studied sculpture at university then transferred to design. The day she saw a documentary about book design things finally clicked for Mika. With a fresh new focus, she gained an internship at Allen & Unwin in 2013 as a marketing designer, producing material for upcoming releases. This led to a similar role at Walker Books Australia in 2014, and when a role for a junior book designer came up in 2017, she jumped at it. Working closely with the publishers and project editors, Mika designed covers and interiors for picture books, junior fiction and young adult titles from the initial concept to finished art. In 2019 she took on part-time work as Production Designer at Allen & Unwin and she continues in that role to the present day, enjoying a satisfying mix of technical and creative work. She also does freelance design work. In 2020 Mika was shortlisted for the Best Designed Children’s Series at the Australian Book Design Awards and in 2021 she won the Deb Brash Emerging Designer Award.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Crystal Corocher

Crystal Corocher

Crystal Corocher is a children’s book editor and literacy educator with a passion for reading engagement. Prior to working with the Larrikin House team, Crystal’s experience as a freelance journalist spanned radio, television, newsprint and online. She supports reading engagement at a school of more than 1800 students and uses this to help inform decisions about what to produce from a publishing perspective. Over the past two years at Larrikin House, Crystal’s role has been diverse. Initially joining as Publicist in 2020, she has helped the burgeoning publishing house find a voice and has segued into her role as editor, working with the small in-house team on everything from picture books to the upcoming release of a new junior fiction range, reading engagement programs and an array of projects in between.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Sam van der Plank

Sam van der Plank

Sam van der Plank has become Monash University Publishing’s all-around data guru. Over his 2.5 years at the press, Sam’s can-do attitude and initiative has seen him undertake a series of projects that have improved the company’s publishing capacities significantly. These include single-handedly implementing, and training staff to use, the BooksoniX database; establishing and refining metadata feeds; streamlining the royalties process; working with the university’s complex finance system to ensure authors get paid quickly and with minimum fuss; and establishing clear profit/loss sales data. Sam has done this largely by upskilling himself through the Australian Publishers’ Association training program and gathering information on other company practices. While those with a talent for operations often remain behind the scenes, Sam is the very definition of a team player, and his intelligence, ingenuity and commitment to improve Monash Publishing is truly exceptional. He has a bright career ahead.

2022 Rising Star Shortlist Emily Hart

Emily Hart

Emily Hart first encountered the publishing industry as a reader, as a childhood maker of folded-paper books, and then as a Year 10 work-experience student at Wakefield Press in Adelaide. While studying at the University of Adelaide, Emily ghost-wrote a political memoir for Melbourne University Press, which led her to MUP as an editorial intern. From there she went to Dillons Bookshop in South Australia as a bookseller, and back to Wakefield Press as an events manager. At Wakefield, she trained and worked as an editor across history, art, food and literary fiction (while also selling rights, writing newsletters and answering the phones, among other things). In 2017, Emily moved to Melbourne, becoming an editor at Hardie Grant Books and working across both narrative and illustrated non-fiction. She convened the inaugural Hardie Grant Books x RMIT Spark Prize for narrative non-fiction, worked on Hardie Grant’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, volunteers for the Stella Count and is a 2022 REP alumnus.

 

Congratulations to the Rising Star shortlist!

The judges said:

“The variety of professions on the Rising Star shortlist this year is testament of the amazing talent base the Australian publishing industry has on offer. Each one has displayed unique skills, ideas, and career trajectories and all are very worthy of recognition. The future of publishing is in good hands.”

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 June.

Follow Books and Publishing to read interviews with each of the Rising Star shortlist between now and the event.

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2022 Book industry Hall of Fame inductees and Business Awards shortlist

31 May 2022

The ABIAs celebrate the professionals in the book business – the dedicated individuals and teams who bring stories to life, authors’ dreams to reality, and books to the right readers.

Congratulations to the new Hall of Fame recipients, the shortlist for the 2022 Rising Star Award and the shortlist for the 2022 Business Awards, all recognising outstanding contributions to the industry.

Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award

The Lloyd O’Neil Hall of Fame Award recognises outstanding service to the Australian book industry by an individual from within its ranks.

The 2022 Hall of Fame inductee is publisher Sandy Grant.

Sandy Grant - 2022 Lloyd O'Neill

Sandy has spent his working lifetime in books and publishing. He has worked in educational and trade publishing, in Australia and in the United Kingdom, starting at Pitman Publishing in 1977 and rising to become Chief Executive of Reed Books in his thirties. Sandy and his partner, Fiona Hardie (and a young Julie Pinkham), launched Hardie Grant 24 years ago. Since then, the business has grown to a turnover of $120 million, 280 staff with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, London and San Francisco.

In addition to his own career and business, Sandy has contributed to the broader publishing community as a Director of Meanjin, Chair of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a member of the Book Industry Study Group, a member of Melbourne’s UNESCO City of Literature Bid Committee, President of the APA, and Chair of the Copyright Agency.

Pixie O’Harris Award

The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises publishers, editors, creators, booksellers, publicists and other industry representatives who have worked consistently in the field of children’s literature, demonstrated commitment beyond the call of duty, and who have developed a reputation for their contribution to the children’s book sector.

The 2022 Award goes to author Libby Hathorn.

Libby Hathorn - 2022 Pixie O'Harris

For more than fifty years, Libby Hathorn, writer and former teacher-librarian, has been one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors of books for children and young people, as well as a tireless advocate for the importance of children’s literature. Through her writing and mentoring, Libby has helped to shape Australia’s reading culture across generations, raising the profile and standard of Australian children’s books and sparking a love of language and words in countless children.

Libby has published over eighty books across many genres, including poetry, textbooks on writing, picture books and novels. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, Libby’s books are often concerned with the rights of children and the importance of nurturing them in every way. Her work has won honours in Australia and around the world.

2022 Business Awards Shortlist 2022

Bookshops and booksellers are key to the success of the industry. Congratulations to each of the businesses shortlisted for National Retailer of the Year and Bookshop of the Year for 2022. Congratulations also to the contenders for the Small Publisher and Publisher of the Year Awards.

National Retailer of the Year shortlist

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2022 Book Retailer of the Year Shortlist

  • Readings
  • Harry Hartog Bookseller
  • Booktopia
  • Dymocks
  • Big W

The judging panel was impressed by the reach of retailers that tap into non-traditional book-buying markets, that seek new customers and support their local communities. Across the shortlist, judges saw a great commitment from book retailers to children’s bookselling, First Nations voices, staff care and building dedicated customer relationships. These qualities are key to the success of the Australian book industry.

Bookshop of the Year shortlist

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2022 Bookshop of the Year Shortlist

  • Open Book (Mosman Park, WA)
  • Matilda Bookshop (Adelaide, SA)
  • Potts Point Bookshop (Sydney, NSW)
  • Avenue Bookstore Albert Park (Victoria, VIC)
  • Avid Reader Bookshop (Brisbane, QLD)
  • Paper Bird Children’s Books & Arts (Fremantle, WA)

The judging panel noted that “all the entries were impressive, and the shortlisted stores are shining examples of how small businesses can innovate and overcome adversity. From sales trend analytics, shifts to online retailing, staff care and cultivation of a sense of community, settling on a shortlist was a difficult task for the panel, never mind picking a winner.”

Publishers large and small are also celebrated for their professionalism, efforts and successes in bringing books to life. This year the shortlists for the Publisher of the Year and the Small Publisher of the Year are:

Small Publisher of the Year

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2022 Small Publisher of the Year Shortlist

  • Pantera Press
  • Scribe Publications
  • Black Inc.
  • University of Queensland Press (UQP)
  • Monash University Publishing
  • Melbourne University Publishing

The judges have said, ”Every small publisher offers something unique to the cultural landscape of Australia. Their strength in the market is growing and they are undeniably creative in their publishing.”

The Judging panel were impressed by the commitment to diversity, environmental issues, and promotion of Australian storytelling along with their innovative approaches to reaching
new audiences and finding new voices.

Publisher of the Year

Proudly presented by Overdrive

2022 Publisher of the Year Shortlist

  • Hachette
  • Penguin Random House Australia
  • Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Hardie Grant Publishing
  • Allen & Unwin
  • Thames & Hudson Australia

The judges said, “It has been another difficult year for anyone in the business of manufacturing and distribution. Publishers in Australia have faced that head on and had magnificent results in the past 12 months. The shortlisted publishers have grown sales, sought out new routes to market, focused on staff care and improving the diversity and inclusion of the industry.”

Meet the Rising Stars who have made the 2022 Awards shortlist.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9 June.

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2022 Book Awards Shortlist

23 May 2022

We are thrilled to announce the Book Awards shortlists for the 2022 ABIAs.

The ABIAs demonstrate the exceptional collaborations occurring between publishers, authors, editors, illustrators, marketers and designers in bringing quality books to Australian and international markets.

The ABIA Academy, comprising more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives, has selected the shortlists from books published over the past calendar year, across 13 categories. It’s fair to say that the quality of works has made selection tough, and every shortlisted title is a worthy contender.

The winners will be announced at the publishing industry’s red-carpet Awards night, to be held on Thursday, 9 June at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.

Who will be the winners in each category? Don’t miss out on this special night – get your tickets now!

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Audiobook of the Year

Audiobook of the Year

  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams, Anita Heiss; narrated by Tamala Shelton (Network Ten, Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Emotional Female, Yumiko Kadota; narrated by Yumiko Kadota (Penguin Random House Australia Audio, Penguin Random House Australia)
  • The Performance, Claire Thomas; narrated by Edwina Wren et al. (Squaresound, Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Devotion, Hannah Kent; narrated by Emily Wheaton (Macmillan Australia Audio, Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • SPANIAN – The Unfiltered Hoodlife, Spanian, Christopher Kevin Au; narrated by Spanian, Amos Phillips (Squaresound, Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)

Biography Book of the Year

Biography Book of the Year

  • Emotional Female, Yumiko Kadota (Penguin Random House Australia, Viking)
  • The Mother Wound, Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Turns Out, I’m Fine, Judith Lucy (Simon & Schuster Australia, Scribner Australia)
  • It Wasn’t Meant to be Like This, Lisa Wilkinson (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • My Adventurous Life, Dick Smith (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

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

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

  • The Prison Healer, Lynette Noni (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Books)
  • Anything but Fine, Tobias Madden (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Books)
  • The Boy from the Mish, Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Gaps, Leanne Hall (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Welcome to Consent, Yumi Stynes, Dr Melissa Kang (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

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

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

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop, Maryam Master, illustrated by Astred Hicks (Pan Macmillan Australia, Pan Australia)
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature, Sami Bayly (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, Corey Tutt (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Explore)
  • Dragon Skin, Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0–6)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0–6)

  • Day Break, Amy McQuire and Matt Chun (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Bright Light)
  • Bedtime Sorted!, Jimmy Rees, illustrated by Briony Stewart (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • Winner Winner Bin Chicken Dinner, Kate and Joel Temple, illustrated by Ronojoy Gosh (Scholastic, Scholastic Press)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country, Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Boss of Your Own Body, Byll and Beth Stephen, illustrated by Simon Howe (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Children’s Books)

General Fiction Book of the Year

General Fiction Book of the Year

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  • The Younger Wife, Sally Hepworth (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray, Anita Heiss (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Before You Knew My Name, Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • When Things are Alive They Hum, Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

General Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Proudly presented by the Copyright Agency

  • Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry, Richard Flanagan (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin)
  • She’s on the Money, Victoria Devine (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Life)
  • Heartsick: Three stories about love and loss, and what happens in between, Jessie Stephens (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • So You Think You Know What’s Good for You?, Norman Swan (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Love Stories, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrated Book of the Year

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • Still Life, Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • Death to Jar Sauce, Nat’s What I Reckon (Penguin Random House Australia, Ebury Australia)
  • You’re Doing it Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women, Kaz Cooke (Penguin Random House Australia, Viking)
  • Everything I Love to Cook, Neil Perry (Murdoch Books, Murdoch Books)
  • Costa’s World, Costa Georgiadis (HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books)

International Book of the Year

International Book of the Year

  • These Precious Days, Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love, Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (Penguin Random House, Ebury Press)
  • The Storyteller, Dave Grohl (Simon & Schuster US, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney (Faber, Faber)
  • Still Life, Sarah Winman(HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • Devotion, Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan Australia, Picador Australia)
  • Love Objects, Emily Maguire (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Wild Abandon, Emily Bitto (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Truth About Her, Jacqueline Maley (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Love & Virtue, Diana Reid (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers, Alison Pouliot and Tom May (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)
  • The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison, Sean Kelly (Black Inc. Books, Black Inc. Books)
  • Dropbear, Evelyn Araluen (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Caught in the Act, Shane Jenek (Pantera Press, Pantera Press)
  • Black and Blue: A Memoir of Racism and Resilience, Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

Proudly presented by McPherson’s

  • The Edge of Thirteen, Nova Weetman (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Let’s Eat Weeds!, Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb, illustrated by Evie Barrow (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day, Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Albert Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
  • Kunyi, Kunyi June Anne McInerney (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

Proudly presented by Simpsons Solicitors

  • Before You Knew My Name, Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Truth About Her, Jacqueline Maley (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Mother Wound, Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • When Things are Alive They Hum, Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)
  • Love & Virtue, Diana Reid (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)

Our warm congratulations to all the shortlisters, and grateful thanks to all our sponsors and supporters. We look forward to welcoming you all at the Awards Ceremony on 9 June 2022.

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ABIA Awards Night with Alinta Chidzey

1 Apr 2022

Join our industry’s night of nights: the Australian Book Industry Awards!

This year’s in-person event will feature live entertainment and the glitz and glamour of showbiz. Unmissable!

Featuring multi-award-winning actor Alinta Chidzey, one of Australia’s most captivating leading ladies. Currently wowing audiences as Satine in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Alinta is also an acclaimed jazz vocalist, songwriter and recording artist. She recently released her debut album with Hook Turn Orchestra, titled Jazz and the Silver Screen, a collection of beautifully rearranged cinematic soundtracks.

Celebrate the talent and creativity of Australian publishing and the people who make it all happen, as we announce the Book of Year, Small Publisher of the Year and Publisher of the Year – among many other ABIAs. View all the categories and their longlist nominations here.

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2022 Long List Announcement

22 Mar 2022

The Book Awards longlist for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) has been announced.

The ABIA Academy – a group of more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives – has selected books published in the previous calendar year across 12 categories.

The ABIAs showcase the collaborative efforts of publishers, editors, illustrators, marketers, designers, and authors in bringing quality books to Australian and international markets.

A shortlist will be released on Monday 23 May, with the winners announced at the publishing industry’s Awards night on Thursday 9 June – a red carpet Ceremony held at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney.

Tickets for the ABIAs Ceremony are on sale now.

Biography Book of the Year

  • Emotional Female,  Yumiko Kadota (Penguin Random House Australia, Viking)
  • The Mother Wound,  Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Daring to Fly, Lisa Millar (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Turns Out, I’m Fine, Judith Lucy (Simon & Schuster Australia, Scribner Australia)
  • Power Play, Julia Banks (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books)
  • How We Love, Clementine Ford (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • It Wasn’t Meant to be Like This, Lisa Wilkinson (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • My Adventurous Life, Dick Smith (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • How to End a Story Diaries : 1995–1998, Helen Garner  (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

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

  • The Prison Healer, Lynette Noni (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Books)
  • Anything but Fine, Tobias Madden (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Books)
  • Tell Me Why For Young Adults, Archie Roach (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Dark Rise, C S Pacat (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Boy from the Mish, Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Gaps, Leanne Hall (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • If Not Us, Mark Smith (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Welcome to Consent, Yumi Stynes, Dr Melissa Kang (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)

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

  • My Brother Ben, Peter Carnavas (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop, Maryam Master, illustrated by Astred Hicks (Pan Macmillan Australia, Pan Australia)
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature, Sami Bayly (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Wandi, Favel Parrett (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, Corey Tutt (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Explore)
  • Heroes, Rebels and Innovators, Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Dragon Skin, Karen Foxlee (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

  • The Tiny Explorers, Kat Macleod (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • Walk of the Whales, Nick Bland (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Little Hare)
  • Day Break, Amy McQuire and Matt Chun (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Bright Light)
  • Bedtime Sorted!, Jimmy Rees, illustrated by Briony Stewart (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • Winner Winner Bin Chicken Dinner, Kate and Joel Temple, illustrated by Ronojoy Gosh (Scholastic, Scholastic Press)
  • The Curiosities, Zana Fraillon and Phil Lesnie (Hachette Australia, Lothian Children’s books)
  • Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country, Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Boss of Your Own Body, Byll and Beth Stephen, illustrated by Simon Howe (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Children’s Books)

General Fiction Book of the Year

  • After Story, Larissa Behrendt (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • The Younger Wife, Sally Hepworth (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Apples Never Fall, Liane Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray , Anita Heiss (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Treasure and Dirt, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Before You Knew My Name, Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Way It Is Now, Garry Disher (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • When Things are Alive They Hum, Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Another Day in the Colony, Chelsea Watego (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Toxic: The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry, Richard Flanagan (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin)
  • She’s on the Money, Victoria Devine (Penguin Random House Australia, Penguin Life)
  • Heartsick: Three stories about love and loss, and what happens in between, Jessie Stephens (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • So You Think You Know What’s Good for You?, Norman Swan (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • Who Gets to Be Smart, Bri Lee (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Love Stories, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • My Year of Living Vulnerably, Rick Morton (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • A Life in Pattern, Anna Spiro (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • Still Life, Amber Creswell Bell (Thames & Hudson Australia, Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • Garden Like a Nonno, Jaclyn Crupi (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • Death to Jar Sauce, Nat’s What I Reckon (Penguin Random House Australia, Ebury Australia)
  • You’re Doing it Wrong: A History of Bad and Bonkers Advice to Women, Kaz Cooke (Penguin Random House Australia, Viking)
  • Christine Manfield’s Indian Cooking Class, Christine Manfield (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Take One Fish: The New School of Scale-to-Tail Cooking and Eating, Josh Niland (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books)
  • Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons, Thomas Mayor (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Explore)
  • Everything I Love to Cook, Neil Perry (Murdoch Books, Murdoch Books)
  • Costa’s World, Costa Georgiadis (HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books)

International Book of the Year

  • These Precious Days, Ann Patchett (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Promise, Damon Galgut (Penguin Random House, Chatto & Windus UK)
  • Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love, Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad (Penguin Random House, Ebury Press)
  • The Magician, Colm Tóibín (Pan Macmillan Australia, Picador Australia)
  • The Storyteller, Dave Grohl (Simon & Schuster US, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney (Faber, Faber)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber, Faber)
  • Still Life, Sarah Winman(HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • One Hundred Days, Alice Pung (Black Inc. Books, Black Inc. Books)
  • Once There Were Wolves, Charlotte McConaghy (Penguin Random House Australia, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Devotion, Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan Australia, Picador Australia)
  • Seven and a Half, Christos Tsiolkas (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Love Objects, Emily Maguire (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Wild Abandon, Emily Bitto (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Truth About Her, Jacqueline Maley (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Love & Virtue, Diana Reid (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • The Stoning, Peter Papathanasiou (Transit Lounge, Transit Lounge)
  • Wild Mushrooming: A Guide for Foragers, Alison Pouliot and Tom May (CSIRO Publishing, CSIRO Publishing)
  • The Game: A Portrait of Scott Morrison, Sean Kelly (Black Inc. Books, Black Inc. Books)
  • Dropbear, Evelyn Araluen (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Caught in the Act, Shane Jenek (Pantera Press, Pantera Press)
  • Flight of the Budgerigar, Penny Olsen (National Library of Australia, NLA Publishing)
  • Black and Blue: a memoir of racism and resilience, Veronica Gorrie (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)
  • The Shape of Sound, Fiona Murphy (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

  • The Edge of Thirteen, Nova Weetman (University of Queensland Press, University of Queensland Press)
  • Wiradjuri Country, Larry Brandy (National Library of Australia, NLA Publishing)
  • A Pair of Pears and an Orange, Anna McGregor (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Let’s Eat Weeds!, Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb, illustrated by Evie Barrow (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Tomorrow is a Brand-New Day, Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Albert Namatjira, Vincent Namatjira (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
  • The River, Sally Morgan, illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)
  • Kunyi, Kunyi June Anne McInerney (Magabala Books, Magabala Books)

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year

  • Small Joys of Real Life, Allee Richards (Hachette Australia, Hachette Australia)
  • The First Scientists: Deadly Inventions and Innovations from Australia’s First Peoples, Corey Tutt (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Explore)
  • New Animal, Ella Baxter (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Before You Knew My Name, Jacqueline Bublitz (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Truth About Her, Jacqueline Maley (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Mother Wound, Amani Haydar (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • When Things are Alive They Hum, Hannah Bent (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)
  • Love & Virtue, Diana Reid (Ultimo Press, Ultimo Press)