Wanted: Inky Awards Judges
‘The Inky Awards are a great opportunity to give teenagers books to read that other teenagers have approved of.’
- Oliver, 2015 Inky Awards Judge
If you love reading, love talking about books, and love debating about what makes a great book - apply now 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.
- Is a champion for the Inky Awards. This means being willing and able to do public speaking (at your school, at a festival event...), to respond quickly to media requests, and to encourage your peers to vote in the Awards.
‘It's such a rewarding, once in a life time opportunity to have a say in something, meet fabulous people, discuss with those same people about books and gain some life experience!’
- Melanie, 2015 Inky Awards Judge
Some of the 2015 Inky Awards Judges (L-R): Phoebe, Oliver, Melanie, Genevieve, Jaimee.
To apply, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 'Inky Awards Judge', telling me:
- Your details! That's: name, age, what gender you identify as, what school you go to (if applicable), and which state/territory you live in;
- What's your Inside a Dog username? (If you have one.)
- Why do you want to be an Inky Awards Judge?
- What's a great book you've recently read? What did you love about it?
- What's your favourite genre to read?
- How many books, on average, do 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 application in by 9am EST on Monday, 21 March! UPDATE: Applications have been extended until midnight (Melbourne-time) on Monday, 28 March! So you can get plenty of reading done in your holiday as well as working on your application *wink*
The Small but Necessary Print:
If you send me a great application, you will be invited to the second-round – a "face-to-face" interview (via online video call). I plan to have these from 4 - 8 April, so make sure you’re available and keep a close eye on your inbox!
If your application is successful, I 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.)
- Living in Australia. And staying in Australia throughout the judging period (April - October).
- Available in the week of 25 – 29 July to convene (online) with the other judges. This is a critical part of the judging and may mean missing your book club/soccer training/drama/choir/other evening lessons.
If you're looking for tips on how to submit an AMAZING application, here's 2015 judge Jordan’s video application, 2012 judge Elizabeth's written application, and here's a video with some advice from 2013 judge Lily.
The successful applicants will be announced in May.