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Guidelines

How the Inky Awards work

The process

Eligible books are submitted for consideration via a nomination form on InsideaDog.com.au.

A longlist of 10 Australian books and 10 international books is then selected by Centre for Youth Literature teen alumni, with the Centre for Youth Literature staff acting as the filter for coordination and eligibility.

The longlist is read by a panel of six teenaged judges, who whittle the list down to a shortlitst of ten books (5 Australian, 5 international).

The shortlist is published on Inside a Dog and anyone aged 12-20 can vote for their favourite. The Australian book with the most votes receives the Gold Inky Award and a cash prize, and the international book with the most votes wins the Silver Inky Award.

Longlist & shortlist selection

The longlist will reflect the quality and diversity of current young adult literature.

Books will be selected on the basis of their originality, quality, readability, voice, character, age-appropriateness and something else that you can’t put your finger on, but you know it when you see it.

Books will not be selected either by their popularity or their “message”.

 Eligibility

The Inky Awards are for fictional novels, poetry, anthologies and/or graphic novels first made available to the Australian public during the eligibility period (the previous calendar year). This includes publication in Australia and imports distributed by Australian publishers (for the Silver Inky Award). Titles are only eligible if they are readily available to Australian young adults in printed form, in schools, bookshops, and public libraries.

Sequels are not eligible for inclusion. 

Books may be a work of joint authorship or editorship. 

All works must be in English. Bilingual editions where one of the languages used is English are also eligible.

To be eligible for the Gold Inky Award, authors must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
Where books are a work of joint authorship and/or illustration, 50% or more of the content must be by an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia to be eligible for the Gold Inky Award.

To be eligible for the Silver Inky Award, authors must be a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than Australia.

The Australian book and the international book with the most votes will be the winners. In the case of a tie, voting will be extended for a further 24 hours.

In all cases not covered by these conditions and guidelines, or where there may be scope for interpretation, the nominator should seek clarification from the Awards Coordinator on 03 8664 7014 or insideadog@slv.vic.gov.au.

Voting & competition prize draw entry guidelines  

Voting guidelines

  • You don’t need to register or ‘join’ in order to vote, but you do need to submit a valid email address.
  • You must be aged between 12 and 20 years old to vote.
  • You can only vote once for the Gold Inky Award, and once for the Silver Inky Award. Every attempt will be made to prevent multiple votes.
  • Votes must be submitted using the online voting form.

Competition prize draw terms and conditions

How to enter

  • To enter the competition prize draw, simply vote in the Inky Awards and include your name and postal address on the online voting form at question 7.
  • Only one competition prize draw entry per person allowed.

Conditions of entry

  • This competition is an initiative of the Centre for Youth Literature (CYL), State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Vic, 3000.
  • Entry into the competition means you accept these terms and conditions.
  • Entry is FREE.
  • Entry is open to Australian residents only. Competition entrants must be between 12 and 20 years of age.
  • Employees of CYL, the Library and its agencies associated with this promotion, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No responsibility is accepted for any variation in the value of prizes.
  • No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries.
  • All entries become the property of the Library.
  • Any personal information entrants provide will be treated as confidential and managed in accordance with the Library's Privacy statement.
  • The Library reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time without notice.

Dates

  • Voting and entry to the competition prize draw commence on Tuesday 15 August 2017 at 5.30pm.
  • Voting and entry to the competition prize draw close on Sunday 17 September 2017 at 5.30pm.

Prize draw and notification

  • The prize will be drawn at State Library Victoria on 2 October 2017.
  • The winner will be notified by postal address. If, despite reasonable efforts by the Library, a potential prize winner does not respond to the Library within 21 days of the date of notification, the prize(s) will be forfeited and the Library reserves the right to select a new winner.
  • If the winner is unable to be contacted due to provision of incorrect details, the Library reserves the right to select a new winner.
  • At the discretion of the Library the winner’s name may be published via a range of CYL and Library publications, which includes, but is not limited to: the Inside a dog website, Library website, social media channels, print or online magazines and enewsletters.

Prize

  • The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.
  • There is one prize only.
  • The prize is a set of the 20 longlisted Inky Award 2017 books.