Award Winner Interviews

2 May 2019

What a night – what a celebration of books made in 2018. Congratulations to all winners and to the publishers and industry professionals who have brought these books to readers in collaboration with Australian authors.



Bumper Book Nominations for this year’s Book Awards

13 Feb 2019

More than 300 ABIA Book Award nominations have been submitted by authors and publishers across the country, indicating 2018 as a great year for producing quality Australian books.

The ABIA Book Award category with the most nominations is The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year with 38 names now in the mix for the coveted award – last year won by Nevermoor author, Jessica Townsend. Thirty-four nominations have been submitted to the General Fiction category, which is ten more than last year, and the Illustrated Book category has received 31 nominations, also up on last year.

Three hundred and one (301) nominations were entered overall, across 12 book categories, including Biography Book of the Year, Literary Fiction Book of the Year and Small Publishers’ Book of the Year.

Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers Association Michael Gordon-Smith, on behalf of the ABIA committee, says these are great numbers for sturdy competition.

“These awards are about excellence in publishing and recognise the success that can be achieved through the crucial partnerships between authors and publishers.

“It’s exciting to have such a high level of competition, and to see the large number of fresh voices entered for the Matt Richell New Writer Award. It’s a sign of the level of energy across the whole industry, which is good news for Australian conversations and cultural life.”

The ABIA Academy will shortly start reviewing all the nominations and the longlist will be announced on the 7th of March.

The ABIA Business Awards are now open. Bookshops, publishers and industry Rising Stars can be nominated until 5pm on Tuesday 19 March 2019.

The ABIAs celebrate books published in 2018 and this year’s awards event will be held at the ICC in Sydney on Thursday 2 May.

The ABIA shortlist will be announced on 11 April 2019 along with the winner of the Rising Star, Lloyd O’Neil and Pixie O’Harris awards.

Nominate in the ABIA Business Awards here.

Save the date for 2019

7 Jan 2019

When is it? When is it for 2019?

And where is it for that matter?

Well, read on, dear book lover.


Rub shoulders with the biggest national and international names in publishing at the industry night of nights – The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) – on Thursday 2 May 2019.

This year, the awards remain at the International Convention Centre Sydney but in a new room with city views, that at night with the lights will set the scene for this flagship event.

Celebrating the best and brightest stars of the publishing scene alongside guests from the arts, entertainment, business and government, the awards coincide with the Sydney Writers’ Festival which runs from the 29 April – 5 May 2019.
The ABIA showcase the collaborative efforts of author, publisher, editor, illustrator, PR manager and many more in the book creation space, of what is the 14th largest publishing industry in the world, generating $2 billion in annual revenue with more than 7,000 new titles published each year. 
Nominations for the 2019 awards will open 15 January. Look out for ‘how to nominate’ announcements coming soon.