How to watch ABIA 2021 online!

26 Apr 2021

The 2021 ABIA Virtual Awards star-studded event features Cate Blanchett, Malcolm Turnbull, Turia Pitt, Nat’s What I Reckon, Matthew McConaughey, Trent Dalton, Charlotte Wood, Casey Bennetto and many more. Plus a special live performance from musician Ash Grunwald! You can have a sneak peak at the program here.

The book industry’s night of nights is NOT to be missed, even if you can’t be at Carriageworks. For the first time ever, we’re holding a physical and virtual award ceremony at the same time. So please, join us at 8pm this Wednesday 28th of April and click here to tune in live.

Business Award shortlist + Hall of Fame inductees

19 Apr 2021

The ABIA 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. 

Today we announce the shortlist in the Business Award categories and also the two people who will be inducted into the book industry’s illustrious Hall of Fame. 

Mandy Macky is this year’s Lloyd O’Neil Award recipient. This award recognises outstanding service to the Australian Book Industry by an individual with exceptional long service to the industry. Mandy Macky has been the Dymocks, Adelaide Rundle Mall, bookshop owner for 30 years and has recently announced her retirement. Generosity, tireless mentoring and business leadership have marked her career. 

Managing Director of Dymocks Retail Mark Newman has shared, “Mandy has championed innumerable initiatives and improvements within the business. Mandy is a wonderful mentor to her loyal and dedicated team, finding their strengths and then encouraging them to follow through and improve and have some control of those areas. She sets the highest standards for customer service, and her willingness to go the extra distance for a customer is an example the team follow. Dymocks is honoured to have had a long and fruitful association with Mandy and congratulate her on this well deserved prestigious award.”

The second individual to be added to the Hall of Fame in 2021 is children’s publisher Maryann Ballantyne, of independent press Wild Dog Books, who is named as the 2021 Pixie O’Harris Award recipient.

The Pixie O’Harris Award recognises 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. Previous Pixie O’Harris Award recipient and children’s book publisher Jane Covernton AM has said, “Maryann has always been passionate about publishing new authors and illustrators and stories that ‘tell us something about ourselves’ and reflect upon ‘where Australia has come from and who we are now’. She is known for her fierce intellect and curiosity, her innate sense of style, taste and judgement, her unswerving loyalty to her authors and illustrators and her great respect and commitment to the Australian publishing industry.” 

Bookshops and booksellers are key to the success of the industry and this year, the businesses shortlisted for National Retailer of the Year and Bookshop of the Year are:

National Retailer of the Year shortlist

  • Big W
  • Booktopia.com.au
  • Dymocks
  • Harry Hartog
  • QBD Books
  • Readings

The judging panel remarked that, “Book retailers have cemented their place as an essential element of Australian life in the past year. 

Each and every shortlisted retailer excelled in their own market, capturing the imaginations of the Australian reading public. They have innovated, evolved and grown, and are key partners to the ongoing success of the Australian publishing industry.”

Bookshop of the Year shortlist

  • Avid Reader (Brisbane)
  • Books Kinokuniya (Sydney)
  • Mary Martin Bookshop Southgate (Melbourne)
  • Matilda Bookshop (Adelaide)
  • The Little Bookroom (Melbourne)
  • The Sun Bookshop (Yarraville)

Judges comments: “All the entered stores, in particular the shortlist, show fantastic evidence of the value of bookshops in Australia. The shortlisted entries exemplify this through their innovation, resilience and community engagement. Regional bookstores in particular play a vital part in their communities and the stores entered from regional areas exemplified this. 

The role of bookshops in Victoria was invaluable during the extended lockdown, through reading, engagement and innovation they became the lifeblood of their communities.” 

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 shortlist

  • Affirm Press
  • Australian Scholarly Publishing 
  • Cordite Publishing Inc.
  • Magabala Books
  • Pantera Press
  • University of Queensland Press

The judges have said, “Small Publishers in Australia are innovative, creative and essential. The range of publishers represented on the shortlist, each with a unique focus and position within the cultural landscape of this country is testament to this.”

Publisher of the year shortlist

  • Allen & Unwin
  • Hachette Australia
  • Hardie Grant Publishing 
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Pan Macmillan Australia
  • Penguin Random House Australia

The Judging panel has said they, “would like to acknowledge the immense support Australian publishers offered their retailer partners throughout 2020, they were proactive in reaching out with help for booksellers around the country. It was a collaborative effort amongst the entire industry and as a result Australian publishing had one of its best years on record. 

“It was an incredible year all round for Australian voices, with publishers focussing on, and investing their time and resources in local authors. The industry as a whole has elevated their efforts to great success. 

Between now and the ABIA event on 28 April we will share in-depth stories about these people and businesses. 

You can catch more about Mandy Macky in this week’s interview on Better Reading. 

Audiobook award nominations open

2 Mar 2021

Creators of audiobooks, it is your turn.

SUBMISSIONS FOR AUDIOBOOK AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN 

This award is for audiobooks originating in Australia using Australian books by Australian authors and published in the calendar year 2020. There is no limit to the number of nominations that can be made. 

Login or Register now to start your submission or download a sample copy of the submission form.

Audiobook Award nominations will close at midnight Friday 19 March 2021.

Happy nominating! If you have any queries email the ABIA team.

P.S. Pop quiz: Who won the ABIA Audiobook of the Year in 2020? The answer is here.

ABIA 2021 Longlist

19 Feb 2021

Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved so far!

This longlist introduces the titles, publishers and authors in the running for the 2021 ABIAs.

The ABIA Academy — a group of more than 250 publishers, booksellers, agents, media and industry representatives —  have selected and voted for books published in 2020 across 12 categories.  

The ABIAs showcase the collaborative efforts of publishers, editors, illustrators, marketers, designers, and authors in bringing quality books to Australia and abroad. It’s also a great opportunity to celebrate what we’ve done as an industry — and the joys of bringing books into the world.

 A shortlist will be released on Monday 12 April, with winners announced at the publishing industry’s night of nights on Wednesday 28 April.

Biography Book of the Year proudly presented by Borrowbox

  • A Bigger Picture, Malcolm Turnbull (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books)
  • A Repurposed Life, Ronni Kahn with Jessica Chapnik Kahn (Allen & Unwin, Murdoch Books)
  • Boy on Fire: The Young Nick Cave, Mark Mordue (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)
  • Fourteen, Shannon Molloy (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Paul Kelly, Stuart Coupe (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Hachette Australia)
  • Soar: A Life Freed by Dance, David McAllister with Amanda Dunn (Thames & Hudson Australia , Thames & Hudson Australia)
  • The Happiest Man on Earth, Eddie Jaku (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Truganini, Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

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

  • Aurora Burning: The Aurora Cycle 2, Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Future Girl, Asphyxia (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Jane Doe and the Key of All Souls, Jeremy Lachlan (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing)
  • Please Don’t Hug Me, Kay Kerr (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • The End of the World is Bigger than Love, Davina Bell (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • The F Team, Rawah Arja (Giramondo, Giramondo Publishing)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • This One is Ours, Kate O’Donnell (University of Queensland Press, UQP)

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

  • Finding Our Heart, Thomas Mayor; Illustrated by Blak Douglas (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Lothian Children’s Books)
  • The Grandest Bookshop in the World, Amelia Mellor (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, Sami Bayly (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Lothian Children’s Books)
  • The Year the Maps Changed, Danielle Binks (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Lothian Children’s Books)
  • Took The Children Away, Archie Roach; Illustrated by Ruby Hunter (Simon & Schuster Australia , Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • We Are Wolves, Katrina Nannestad (HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books)
  • When Rain Turns to Snow, Jane Godwin (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Lothian Children’s Books)

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

  • Aunty’s Wedding, Miranda Tapsell, Joshua Tyler and Samantha Fry (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Bluey: The Creek Bluey (Penguin Random House, Puffin)
  • Our Home, Our Heartbeat, Adam Briggs, Kate Moon and Rachael Sarra (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Little Hare)
  • Respect, Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson; Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy (Magabala Books)
  • Sing Me the Summer, Jane Godwin and Alison Lester (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • The Fire Wombat, Jackie French and Danny Snell (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • When We Say Black Lives Matter, Maxine Beneba Clarke (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Lothian Children’s Books)
  • Windows, Jonathan Bentley and Patrick Guest (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Little Hare)

General Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Bluffs, Kyle Perry (Penguin Random House, Michael Joseph)
  • The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • The Godmothers, Monica McInerney (Penguin Random House, Michael Joseph)
  • The Good Turn, Dervla McTiernan (HarperCollins Publishers, HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Morbids, Ewa Ramsey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • The Mother Fault, Kate Mildenhall (Simon & Schuster Australia, Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • The Survivors, Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • Trust, Chris Hammer (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

General Non-fiction Book of the Year proudly presented by Copyright Agency

  • Fire Country, Victor Steffensen (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • My Tidda, My Sister, Marlee Silva; Illustrated by Rachael Sarra (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987–1995, Helen Garner (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder and things that sustain you when the world goes dark, Julia Baird (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)
  • The Golden Maze: A biography of Prague, Richard Fidler (HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books)
  • The Space Between, Michelle Andrews and Zara McDonald (Penguin Random House, Viking)
  • Un-cook Yourself: A Ratbag’s Rules for Life, Nat’s What I Reckon (Penguin Random House, Ebury Australia)
  • Women and Leadership, Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Penguin Random House, Vintage Australia)

Illustrated Book of the Year

  • A Year of Simple Family Food, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (Pan Macmillan Australia, Plum)
  • Beatrix Bakes, Natalie Paull (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Books)
  • In Praise of Veg, Alice Zaslavsky (Allen & Unwin, Murdoch Books)
  • Loving Country, Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Places We Swim Sydney, Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Plantopedia, Lauren Camilleri and Sophia Kaplan (Smith Street Books, Smith Street Books)
  • Sam Bloom: Heartache & Birdsong, Samantha Bloom, Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive (HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Books)
  • To Asia, With Love, Hetty McKinnon (Pan Macmillan Australia, Plum)

International Book of the Year

  • A Life On Our Planet, David Attenborough (Penguin Random House, Ebury Press)
  • A Promised Land, Barack Obama (Penguin Random House, Viking)
  • Greenlights, Matthew McConaughey (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Headline)
  • Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage (Penguin Random House, Ebury Press)
  • Shuggie Bain, Douglas Stuart (Pan Macmillan Australia, Picador)
  • Such a Fun Age, Kiley Reid (Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Circus)
  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Dialogue Books)
  • Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, Florence Given (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Cassell)

Literary Fiction Book of the Year

  • A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • A Room Made of Leaves, Kate Grenville (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)
  • Honeybee, Craig Silvey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Infinite Splendours, Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Song of the Crocodile, Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Hachette Australia)
  • Sorrow and Bliss, Meg Mason (HarperCollins Publishers, Fourth Estate)
  • The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy (Penguin Random House, Hamish Hamilton)

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

  • Glimpses of Utopia: Real ideas for a fairer world, Jess Scully (Pantera Press, Pantera Press)
  • Living on Stolen Land, Ambelin Kwaymullina (Magabala Books)
  • Stone Sky Gold Mountain, Mirandi Riwoe (University of Queensland Press, UQP)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)
  • The Rain Heron, Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • What Is To Be Done: political engagement and saving the planet, Barry Jones (Scribe Publications, Scribe Publications)
  • Where the Fruit Falls, Karen Wyld (UWA Publishing, UWA Publishing)
  • Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja, Yornadaiyn Woolagoodja (Magabala Books)

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year

  • Anemone is not the Enemy, Anna McGregor (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Bindi, Kirli Saunders; Illustrated by Dub Leffler (Magabala Books)
  • Claudette, Helene Magisson (Red Paper Kite, Red Paper Kite)
  • Family, Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson; Illustrated by Jasmine Seymour (Magabala Books)
  • Found, Bruce Pascoe and Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (Magabala Books)
  • Howl, Kat Patrick; Illustrated by Evie Barrow (Scribe Publications, Scribble)
  • Metal Fish, Falling Snow, Cath Moore (Text Publishing, Text Publishing)
  • My Shadow is Pink, Scott Stuart (Larrikin House Publishing, Larrikin House) 

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year proudly presented by Simpsons Solicitors

  • A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing, Jessie Tu (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)
  • Lucky’s, Andrew Pippos (Pan Macmillan Australia, Picador Australia)
  • My Tidda, My Sister, Marlee Silva; Illustrated by Rachael Sarra (Hardie Grant Publishing, Hardie Grant Travel)
  • Song of the Crocodile, Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia Pty Ltd, Hachette Australia)
  • The Coconut Children, Vivian Pham (Penguin Random House, Vintage Australia)
  • The Grandest Bookshop in the World, Amelia Mellor (Affirm Press, Affirm Press)
  • The Happiest Man on Earth, Eddie Jaku (Pan Macmillan Australia, Macmillan Australia)
  • The Morbids, Ewa Ramsey (Allen & Unwin, Allen & Unwin)

Congratulations and good luck to all the longlistees. Tickets are on sale now!

2021 ABIA Business Awards are NOW OPEN!

4 Feb 2021
Publishing professionals and booksellers can now submit nominations in the following categories:

Publisher of the Year
Small Publisher of the Year
Book Retailer of the Year
Bookshop of the Year
Rising Star of the Year

Booksellers – Nominating is FREE for the Bookshop of the Year. Now, we know it’s a bit weird nominating yourself. But you (and your staff!) work very hard getting books into the hands of readers and we want to celebrate your team. Nominate your bookshop. Or a Rising Star in your team!

Book Retailer of the Year – Call out for book retail chains, discount department stores, online retailers and other retailers successfully selling books as part of a larger range of products – we need you (to nominate and celebrate your work as part of ABIA 2021)!Publishers – Don’t think twice! Nominate yourself in the appropriate Publisher of the Year category. Join the likes of Allen and Unwin and Magabala Books — winners of the 2020 Publisher of the Year awards. 

Publishing Managers – Who of your staff in the first ten years of their publishing career deserve accolades? Who do you know is a future leader of the industry? Nominate them in the Rising Star Awards.

Start your submission here or check out the details below for categories and more information on how to enter. 

ABIA Business Award submissions close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 1 March (AEDT). Happy nominating! If you have any queries email the ABIA team!


Also tickets are now on sale! Buy them here.

Award Categories, Descriptions and Sample forms 

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 2020, 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 2020, and which has contributed to the overall success of the industry.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Book 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 during the course of the year January to December 2020.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.

Bookshop of the Year
This is an award for an individual physical bookshop in Australia that has demonstrated excellence over the course of the 2020 calendar year. The bookshop may be part of a larger chain, but this award is for an individual store as listed on the entry form.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

Rising Star of the Year
This award recognises emerging talent in the Australian publishing industry, whose individual 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 2020. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Download a sample copy of the nomination form.

ABIA Business Awards open 4 February and close 1 March 2020.