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Wanted: 2017 Inky Awards Judges

Feb 13,2017
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File 36954If you love reading, talking about books and debating what makes a great book, then apply now to be a 2017 Inky Awards Judge!

 What does an Inky Awards Judge do?

  • Reads all 20 longlisted books (which you get to keep) within three months (from late April to mid-July).
  • In consultation with the other judges, selects the shortlist of 10 books.
  • Acts as a champion for the Inky Awards. This means being willing and able to do public speaking events (at your school, at a festival...), responding quickly to media requests, and encouraging your peers to vote in the Awards, both in person and on social media.

Interested?

To apply, complete the form below and upload your written or video application. Written applications must not exceed 500 words (PDF preferred) and video applications should have a running time of no more than 3 minutes (we'll stop watching one your time is up, so make sure you stick to the time limits!).

Applications are due by 9am AEST on Wednesday 22 March, so get writing!

Update: Applications are now closed.

The Small but Necessary Print:

If we like your application, you will be invited to the second round – a ‘face-to-face’ interview (via online video call). Interviews will be held from 3-7 April 2017, so make sure you’re available and keep a close eye on your inbox!

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

To be an Inky Judge you must be:

  • 12-18 years of age (If you are in your final year of high school we ask that you seriously consider your ability to meet the intensive reading requirements – as well as your own study demands – prior to applying.)
  • Living in Australia, and staying in Australia throughout the duration of the judging period (April to October).
  • Available in the week of 24th-28th July 2017 to convene (online) with the other judges. This is a critical part of the judging process and may mean missing your book club/soccer training/drama/choir/other evening lessons for that week.

If you're looking for tips on how to submit an AMAZING application, here's 2015 judge Jordan’s video application2012 judge Elizabeth's written application, and a video with some advice from 2013 judge Lily.

The successful applicants will be announced in May.

 

Check out the 2016 Inky Awards judges announcing their shortlist in August last year. Might this be your future? 

Apr 05,2017
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Question - we you meant to reply to the email acknowledging that you applied? I ask because I have received no news since.Thank you for your time.

Apr 04,2017
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i hope i get into the interview round (: im keepin a close eye on my inbox (:

Mar 23,2017
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I was so excited when I heard about this! Praying I become a judge because it sounds like an amazing experience to be a part of

Mar 20,2017
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I really hope I get it. Reading is what defines my personality

Mar 19,2017
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7 judges? Dang, I hope I get this opportunity. Reading and writing are both what makes me a person!

Mar 15,2017

Put in my application the other day - fingers crossed I'm lucky enough to be a part of the judging panel! Such an amazing opportunity to have. Good luck to everyone else who has applied! :)

Mar 10,2017
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What if you're 18 and out of school? Can you still apply?

Mar 07,2017

There are seven judges.

Mar 07,2017
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How many judges are there?

Mar 07,2017
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Might Do this. Not overly sure about what do though. Hrrmm...what do you do? I know you read but. If you sign up, are you like, giving a reward to a book?

Mar 06,2017
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I reaaally enjoy reading and writing, so I hope my application would be accepted so I can be a more confident reader!

Mar 06,2017
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This sounds like so much fun and a great way to meet new people and widen your opportunity ranges. If I do apply and get in it would be an amazing experience.

Mar 06,2017
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i really hope they pick my application this year, reading is my life, and getting to pick these books for awards makes you feel like your giving the peoples opinion

Mar 02,2017
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I'm doing this

Feb 27,2017
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My son is only 10 but he would love this! Maybe another year :( 

Feb 21,2017
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Thinking about it, just hoping that it doesn't interfere with anything.

Feb 15,2017
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so excited!!!

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