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‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx

applications for the 2019 Inky Awards Judge program are now closed

Applications for the 2020 season will open in February next year.

If you are aged 12-18, love reading, talking about books and debating what makes a great book, then 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) within three months (April to June).
  • 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.

How to apply:

To apply, complete the form below and upload your written or video application. Please note that written applications must not exceed 500 words (PDF preferred) and video applications should have a running time of no more than 3 minutes.

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?

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 Small but Necessary Print:

To be an Inky Judge you must be:

  • 12-18 years of age (If you are in year 12 at 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 24 – 28 June 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.

The selection panel will consist of State Library Victoria staff who have expertise in literature for young people and/or working with young people. To avoid a conflict of interest, State Library Victoria staff and their immediate families are not eligible to apply.

If we like your application, we will contact you via email to invite you to take part in a ‘face-to-face’ interview (via online video call). Interviews will be held March 11-15, so make sure you’re available and keep a close eye on your inbox!

Once the interviews are complete, we will contact all applicants via email to let you know the outcome of your application. The 2019 Inky Awards judges will be officially announced on Inside a Dog in late March.

Please note that if you are selected as an Inky Judge we may need your parent/guardian to sign a recording consent form to cover any speaking or media events.

Privacy: We manage your information in accordance with the law and will only use your personal information for the purposes for which it was collected. Please read our Privacy Policy for more information. For queries regarding our policy, please contact the Privacy Officer via privacy@slv.vic.gov.au.