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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

Wanted: 2018 Inky Awards Judges

If 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 Inside a Dog website.

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 one 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!

Application form

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 23-27 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 are some examples.

The successful applicants will be announced in May.

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