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Nominations for Book Awards – NOW CLOSED

15 Jan – 11 February 2019

Submissions for Business Awards Open

– 13 February – 19 March 2019

Announcement of Book Awards Longlist

– 7 March

Submissions for Book Awards Longlist Open

– 7 March

Submissions for Audiobook Awards Open

– 21 March

Announcement of Shortlist

– 11 April

Night of Nights

– 2 May

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AWARD CATEGORIES & ELIGIBILITY 

Publisher of the Year – nominations open 13 February 

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 2018, and which contributed to the success of the industry.

Small Publisher of the Year – nominations open 13 February 

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 2018, and which has contributed to the overall success of the industry.

Retailer of the Year – nominations open 13 February 

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 over the course of the year January to December 2018.

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.

Independent Retailer of the Year – nominations open 13 February 

This is an award for the Australian independent book retailer who best demonstrated excellence over the course of the year January to December 2018. Entrants should have no more than ten stores and a turnover of less than $50M and should not be a part of group of companies or retailers with a combined turnover of more than $50M.

Rising Star of the Year – nominations open 13 February 

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 2018. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Book Awards – NOW CLOSED
There are 12 awards in the Book Award category. Only books published between 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018 are eligible for entry in the 2019 Awards. Books can only be entered into one category, with the exception of the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year.

Book of the Year – closed for nominations
This award is chosen from the top book in each category as below by the judging panels, excluding the International Book of the Year.

General Fiction Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

General Non-fiction Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

Literary Fiction Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

Illustrated Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
This is an award for an illustrated book 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.

Biography of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)  – closed for nominations
This is an award for a children’s picture book popular with children aged 0–6, written and illustrated by Australians, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.

Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-12)  – closed for nominations
This is an award for a children’s book popular with children 7-12, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.
Note: Picture books intended for children in this age range should be entered in this category.

Book of the Year for Older Children (ages 13+)  – closed for nominations
This is an award for a children’s book popular with children 13+, written by an Australian author, which sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade.
Note: Picture books intended for teenagers should be entered in this category.

The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year  – closed for nominations
This is a major award for a new writer, awarded to an Australian author of ANY genre who made an impact during the period.
Note: Titles entered for Matt Richell New Writer Award may also be entered into another category.

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.

International Book of the Year  – closed for nominations
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.
Note: The book is NOT eligible for the Book of the Year award.

Audiobook Award – not yet open
This is an award for an audiobook with high quality production values and broad appeal, written by an Australian author in any genre, though not necessarily narrated by an Australian. It will have sold well across the Australian marketplace. The audiobook must have been published between 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2018 to be eligible, irrespective of when the print or ebook was published. Please note nominations for Audiobook of the Year are not open during the Book Award nomination period.

How and When to Apply
The ABIA follow a process for nomination, judging by selection criteria from industry experts, and the announcement of winners at an event held in Sydney, Australia.

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Contact

The Australian Book Industry Awards are an initiative of the
Australian Publishers Association.

Address

60/89 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Phone

0292819788

Email

abia@publishers.asn.au