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Mar 20,2014
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File 19691Yesterday I announced the 20 books that are rocking the 2014 Inky Awards longlist. But while the awards are named after me (oh gosh, you shouldn't have. Don't stop.) they are all about great books as chosen by you. To have your say about which books will make this year's shortlist, apply to be an Inky Awards Judge!

 

What does an Inky Awards Judge do?

- Reads all 20 longlisted books (which you get to keep), in the space of three months.

- Selects the shortlist of 10 books, in consultation with the other judges.

 

‘It was such an honour to be part of the 2013 panel of judges for the Inky Awards, and I’d ask all teenage book lovers to try out next year.’ – Michelle, 2013 Inky Awards Judge.

 

Interested?

To apply, send an email to youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au with the subject line 'Inky Awards Judge', telling me:

- Your details: name, age, what gender you identify as, what school you go to (if applicable), and which state/territory you live in;
- Your Inside a Dog username (if you have one);
- Why you want to be an Inky Awards Judge;
- Who your favourite author is, and why;
- How many books, on average, you read in a month.

You can either type your answers to the above, or if (like me) you love cameras, you can tell it to me in a video. (Please send any videos as an attachment in an email, or as a link to a central storage space – like dropbox.)

Get your applications in by 10amEST on Monday, 14 April! 

 

The Small but Necessary Print:

If you send us a great application, you will be invited to the second-round – a "face-to-face" interview (via online video call).

If your application is successful, we will require written permission from your parent/guardian.

And you must be:

- 12 - 20 years of age. (If you are in year 12 at high school I ask that you seriously consider your ability to meet the intensive reading requirements – as well as your own study demands - prior to applying.)

- In Australia.

- Available in the week of 4 – 8 August to convene (online) with the other judges.

 

For some insight into what it's like to be a judge (plus some advice on how to apply!), here's a video from Lily, one of last year's Inky Awards Judges: 

 

The successful applicants will be announced at the end of May.

May 21,2014

@Anonymous - Every one who applied will be notified of the outcome, whether they are successful or not.

May 21,2014
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Do you only get notified if you are successful? 

Apr 28,2014

@Anonymous - Yes, applications are now closed, I'm afraid. But it is a yearly thing! Please do apply in late March/early April next year.

Apr 28,2014
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Anonymous

I was just wondering if it is too late to apply and if not is it a yearly thing?  Could I possibly do it next year if I am too late?

Apr 10,2014

I really hope I at least get to the second round! I've only read two books on the list but they all look really good. 

Apr 05,2014

I sent in an application today! I hope I get in, there are some really great looking books on the list! :)

Apr 03,2014

In applying, you're signing up to read all twenty books so there is a likelihood that not everything will be exactly to your taste. To judge effectively, you have to be able to read and discuss all the books.  Silver lining - you might find it easier to discuss a book that you didn't like over one you did!

Apr 03,2014
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Anonymous

If you are not enjoying the book - do you have to finish the entire book?

Mar 31,2014

12 - 20? Well, at least that gives me another year on top of this one. I have a question: what would be the time frame between which we need to read the books? Like... what months? *looks hopeful*

Mar 30,2014

Anonymous: If you turn 12 before the final submission date (14 April), you are eligible.

Mar 29,2014

The Inky award sound fun! I've alredy applied

Mar 28,2014
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Anonymous

Would you be able to give a cut off date by which you have to have turned 12 in order to be eligible this year? Thanks

Mar 27,2014

You need to be between the ages of 12 and 20.  

Sadly if you are 11 while applications are being accepted, you are not eligible.  Next year - you're aces!

Mar 27,2014
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Anonymous

if you are turning 12 shortly in May are you eligible?

 

Mar 27,2014
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Anonymous

Query How old do you have to be to apply?

Mar 27,2014

Hestia -- you'll find out in May if you've been successful.

Mar 26,2014

When do we find out if we get in?

 

Mar 26,2014
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Anonymous

sounds really cool, might for it :)

Mar 20,2014

Good luck to everyone who's applying! It was a wonderful experience, and seriously, who doesn't like free books? ;-)

If you aren't sure whether or not to apply, I really urge you to. Do it! You'll love it. 

 

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