Awards and Opportunities!

Tasmanian Literary Prizes

Biennial literary awards which acknowledge and celebrate those who are producing work of the highest standards.

Nominations are now being accepted from both publishers and authors for prizes awarded in the following categories:

  • The Tasmania Book Prize, for the best book with Tasmanian content in any genre – $25 000;
  • The Margaret Scott Prize, for the best book by a Tasmanian writer – $5 000;
  • The University of Tasmania Prize, for the best new unpublished literary work by an emerging Tasmanian writer – $5 000 – a manuscript prize.

The Text Prize 

The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is an annual prize awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript. It aims to discover more wonderful new books for young readers, by Australian and New Zealand writers.

A publishing contract with an AU$10,000 advance, awarded to the best manuscript written for young adults or children


The Vogel

  • The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award

  • One of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five.

  • Offering publication by Allen & Unwin and prize money totalling $20,000

  • Launched the careers of some of Australia’s most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award-winning authors have gone on to win or be shortlisted for other major awards, such as the Miles Franklin Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Booker Prize.


The Inky’s

These are international awards for teenage literature, voted for online by the readers of Inside A Dog.

There are three awards: the Golden Inky (for an Australian book), the Silver Inky (for an international book), and the Creative Reading Prize (won by a young person for a creative response to a book they love, in any format they choose). The Inkys are a choice award for teenagers (aged 12-20 years old) – voted by teenagers & young adults.

In 2012, the Gold Inky was won by Em Bailey, Shift and the Silver Inky by John Green, The Fault in Our Stars.

There are links from previous shortlisted books below to the author blogs & websites :

THE GOLD INKY SHORTLIST (for an Australian YA book)


Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

This Is Shyness by Leanne Hall

Silvermay by James Moloney

Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick

All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield

THE SILVER INKY SHORTLIST (for an international YA book)


Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

No and Me by Delphine de Vigan

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The Agency: The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Youtube Interview with Delphine de Vigan


The Miles Franklin Award


Often Controversial!

Explore the Website, see how the Trustees are re-inventing the Award & find out about past winners, as well as Miles Franklin the woman.

…the terms of Miles Franklin’s will: ‘[the] prize shall be awarded for the Novel for the year which is of the highest literary merit and which must present Australian Life in any of its phases …’.


National Novel Writing Month – this one’s in NOVEMBER!

Take a look at the Author Pep Talk Page. There are so many author links. Explore the site for  the NaNoWriMo Press Kit, and find out everything about it. This is a US based site. Here’s an example:

Christopher Paolini is the author of Eragon and its three sequels. He wrote the first draft of Eragon when he was 15, and self-published its first edition. Books in the series have now sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Here is his Pep Talk.

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