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2018 Inky Awards Longlist Announced

Mar 01,2018
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We’re so excited to be able to share the 2018 Inky Awards longlist with you!

The longlist of 10 Australian and 10 international YA titles was selected by a panel of past Inky Awards judges, the Dog’s Advisory Board and Inside a Dog alumni, all young readers aged between 12 and 20 years.

 And without further ado, the 2018 Inky Awards longlists…..

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Gold Inky Award - Australian titles

  • Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks 
  • In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
  • Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood
  • Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian
  • Ida by Alison Evans
  • Wreck by Fleur Ferris
  • A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes
  • Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer
  • Paper Cranes Don’t Fly by Peter Vu  
  • Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

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Silver Inky Award - International titles

  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  • Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • Release by Patrick Ness
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

But we need you to make this year’s Inky Awards the biggest one ever!

But how can you get involved?

Wanted: 2018 Inky Awards Judges

Applications are now open for the 2018 Inky Awards judging panel. Judges should be between 12 and 18 years old, live in Australia, and – above all – love books and reading!

If you are a bookish teen or have a bookish teen in your life, please encourage them to apply! Applications close at 9am AEST on Monday 26 March.

Wanted: 2018 Shadow Judges

Applications are also open for the inaugural Inky Awards Shadow Judges. These teens will be sent five of the longlist titles to read, react and/or review for the new Inside a Dog website (to be launched very soon.) Applications close at 9am AEST on Monday 26 March.

You can apply for both programs. 

Free Stuff

If you’re planning any Inky Awards related activities, we have a free downloadable poster featuring the marvelous longlist. We also have packs of Inky Awards bookmarks available for schools, libraries and bookshops – hit the link to order and have them delivered straight to you!

We also have toolkits for classroom teachers and librarians for free download. These toolkits contain activities and ways to engage with the Inky Awards.

Anyone questions you may have can be directed to the Centre for Youth Literature team at

Mar 11,2018

I have read 5 of threse books: Take Three Girls, The Lonliest Girl in the Universe, Warcross, Turtles all the Way Down and One of us is Lying. A few of them are also on my list of books to read: Beautiful Mess, Ida, Wreck, Remind Me How this Ends, The Upside Of Unrequitted, The Gentleman's Guide To Vice And Virtue, Genuine Fraud and the Hate you Give. I love this years list :)

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