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2018 Inky Awards Shortlist



Drum roll please!!! After the challenging process of narrowing down such an incredible longlist, we are ready to announce The 2018 Inky Awards shortlist. Our dedicated judges deliberated lovingly through the impressive longlist selection, debating the unique strengths and imperfections of each remarkable novel. We would like to congratulate all of the authors involved in this year’s awards and thank you for sharing your talent.

Without further delay, let us present to you The 2018 Inky Awards shortlist!

Gold Inky Awards Shortlist (for Australian titles)

Beautiful Mess Claire Christian

Take Three Girls Fiona Wood, Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell

Paper Cranes Don’t Fly Peter Vu

Love Ya Anthology – edited by Danielle Binks

In The Dark SpacesCally Black


Silver Inky Awards Shortlist (for international titles)

Still Life with TornadoA. S. King

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueMackenzi Lee

Warcross Marie Lu

Release Patrick Ness

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas


Voting is open for the 2018 Inky Awards from 10 August – 16 September.

Winners will be announced 2 October at the State Library Victoria.


***The Inky Awards longlist, shortlist and winners are entirely selected by teens. As a result, you must be under the age of 20 to vote in the Inky Awards. Sorry grown-ups! You can still read the books, though, so it’s not all bad.



Love the video - looks great!
Some really good picks this year. Can't wait to read the rest of the shortlist that I haven't gotten to yet!

According to the Terms and Conditions of Voting that directs people to the old InsideaDog website, it says that only people up to the age of 18 can vote, whereas on here it says 20. Does that mean I can still vote? (I'm 19)

10th Aug, 18

I'm so excited to see Take Three Girls and The Hate U Give on the list!!

11th Aug, 18

Hurrah! Amazing video and you guys(the judges) made all the right choices. Excited for next years

11th Aug, 18

So happy to see some of my favourites! Can't wait to see who wins this year!

11th Aug, 18

Omg the winners are announced in my birthday! ?. Best present ever!

24th Aug, 18