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2019 Inky Awards Shortlist VOTE NOW!

Drum roll please!!! The judges have endured the *ultimate battle* in the Inky Award season! Our dedicated judges fought through the impressive longlist, and put their lives on the line to defend the unique strengths of each remarkable novel. They have emerged, battle weary and scarred, clutching the 2019 Inky Awards shortlist.

We would like to congratulate all of the authors involved in this year’s awards and thank you for sharing your stories.


Gold Inky Award Shortlist

Hive by A. J. Betts

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Whisper by Lynette Noni

After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson


Silver Inky Award Shortlist

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED for the 2019 Inky Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4 September as part of Melbourne Writers Festival. BOOK HERE



Awesome books chosen!!

19th Jul, 19
inky State Library Victoria

Glad you approve Shadow Judge!

19th Jul, 19

WHOOP WHOOP! Can I say who I voted for?? I voted for Whisper and The Belles!

19th Jul, 19

Whisper is THE BEST!!! XD

19th Jul, 19

I voted Whisper and Scythe. Definitely agree that Whisper is really good!

19th Jul, 19

Whisper was great!

19th Jul, 19

Same here alexbailey!

24th Jul, 19

i voted for whisper hehe

23rd Jul, 19

I voted A Thousand Perfect Notes and The Astonishing Colour of After - I looove both of them aah

3rd Aug, 19

Lynette Noni is an awesome author, she’s got great other books as well

17th Aug, 19

Someone in my writing club keeps recommending Arkanae, I'm going to have to read it sometime.

17th Aug, 19

In reply to ellipsis

Read ittttt! It is a magical series. Literally, you’d enjoy it ;)

18th Aug, 19