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2021 ABIA nomination dates

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Book Award Submissions:  Tuesday 12 January 2021 – Monday 1 February 2021
Business Award Submissions: Thursday 4 February 2021 – Monday 1 March 2021
Book Submissions for Shortlist:  Monday 22 February 2021 – Friday 19 March, 2021
Audiobook Submissions: Tuesday 2 March 2021 – Friday 19 March 2021

AWARD CATEGORIES & ELIGIBILITY 

Business Awards

There are five awards in this category.

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.

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.

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 over 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.

Bookshop of the Year Award

This is an award is 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.

Rising Star of the Year 

This award recognises emerging talent in the Australian book publishing industry whose record reflects ongoing excellence and growth in contribution to their profession. The nominee must currently be working in the Australian publishing industry as a permanent employee, and have been part of the industry for no more than 10 years as of 31 December 2020. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Book Awards 
There are 12 awards in the Book Award category. Only books published between 1 January 2020 – 31 December 2020 are eligible for entry in the 2021 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
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 
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
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 
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
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
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) 
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)
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+)
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 
This award recognises new Australian writing and is awarded to a book by a debut Australian author, of any genre. It will have been well received, sold well across the Australian marketplace and created a buzz in the book trade. 
Note: Titles entered for Matt Richell New Writer Award may also be entered into another category.

Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year
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
This is an award for a children’s or young adult book, with broad appeal, written by an Australian author, and illustrated by an Australian artist(s) (if applicable), 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
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
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 2020 – 31 December 2020 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