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Wanted - 2018 Inky Awards Judges

Feb 15,2018
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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 2018 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.
  • Write 3-4 posts for the new Inside a Dog website (to be launched in April 2018).


To apply, complete the form below and upload your written or video application answering the questions below. 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 once your time is up, so make sure you stick to the time limits!).

In your written/video application please address the following questions:

  • Why do you love to read?
  • Why would you make a great Inky Awards judge?
  • What book do you think is the ultimate YA novel? Why?

Applications are due by 9am AEST on Monday 26 March, so get writing!

APPLY!    ( <------ click on this link)

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 2-5 April 2018, 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 23rd-27th July 2018 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.

Learn more about being involved in the Inky Awards from the outgoing judges here.

Mar 17,2018
anonymous's picture

If someone becomes a Shadow Judge for one year, are they allowed to apply for an Inky judge another year?

Mar 15,2018
anonymous's picture

 I love to read because it gets my mind off things and im just a huge bookworm

Iv judged many things and i wanna judge somthing to do with my hobbys and also i wanna make sure you guys hve a bookworm


 I think them best YA book is the hunger games catching fire because it inspires and helps me get through those dark and gloomy days i just read a little bit then my days are brighter then the sun.

Mar 08,2018
anonymous's picture

Thanks for posting this - exciting!

Just noticed your link for the first dot point goes to the 2017 long list, not the 2018...

Good luck selecting your judges!

Mar 06,2018
anonymous's picture

wow i would love to be a judge!!! souns exciting!!! : )

Mar 02,2018
Anonymous's picture

This is so cool! I will definitely do this!

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