ACT Book of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2017 ACT Book of the Year Award will open on Monday 26 June and will close 5pm, Friday 28 July 2017.

General Information

The ACT Government offers an ACT Book of the Year Award for excellence in literature, valued at $10,000. The Award aims to support the development of ACT based writers and promote writing in the ACT.

The 2017 ACT Book of the Year Award recognises quality contemporary literary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry by ACT based authors published in the previous calendar year (2016).

Books are considered by an independent judging panel, which recommends a shortlist and winning author to the Minister the Arts and Community Events.

Eligibility

The 2017 ACT Book of the Year Award is open to books published between 1 January and 31 December 2016 (the publication date is taken as the date printed in the book). Nominees must meet and agree to the conditions of entry.

The ACT Book of the Year Award is open to books written by authors who reside in the ACT, or can specifically and strongly demonstrate an ACT-based arts practice. For information on demonstrating an ACT-based arts practice, see the Information for Applicants page.

The author may be an editor or translator who, in the opinion of the judges, has made a substantial and creative contribution to the original material from which the book is derived.

Submission

Books may be nominated by the author or the publisher. If a publisher wishes to nominate a book, they must have the agreement of the author and provide all relevant nomination information including the author’s contact details.

Nominations must be submitted via the artsACT online grants portal by 5pm, Friday 28 July 2017 (note that the online grants portal will open on Monday 26 June 2017).

Once submitted, 4 copies of the book and a copy of the nomination form must be:

Sent to -

artsACT
ACT Book of the Year Award
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA  ACT 2601

Or delivered to -

artsACT
ACT Book of the Year Award
Canberra Nara Centre
1 Constitution Avenue
Canberra City ACT 2601

Judging

The books will be considered by a panel of three judges, selected by artsACT. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

Conditions of entry
  1. The closing date for nominations is 5pm, Friday 28 July 2017.
  2. The nominated book must have been published in English for the first time between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016 (the publication date is taken as the date printed in the book).
  3. E-books are eligible but must be provided in a PDF format.
  4. The nominated book must be written by an author who resides in the ACT, or can specifically and strongly demonstrate an ACT-based arts practice.
  5. Only one book per author may be nominated.
  6. The following books will not be considered: anthologies, military studies, picture books, instruction manuals, university theses, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, professional reference titles, guide books, catalogues, personal growth books, lifestyle or hobby books and educational text books.
  7. Nominations will only be accepted from publishers or authors.
  8. Publishers or authors must complete the online nomination form and send four copies of the nominated book to artsACT by the closing date.
  9. artsACT will not acknowledge receipt of the books but will contact the nominee if the books have not been received by the closing date.
  10. artsACT will determine eligibility but may seek the advice of the judging panel. The decision of artsACT is final.
  11. Books will not be returned to the author or publisher unless deemed to be ineligible. At the end of the judging, the books are provided to the ACT Library Service or other appropriate ACT Government agency.
  12. Copies of the shortlisted and winning books will be used to promote the Award and the authors.
  13. Shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the shortlist (if held) and winning announcement, as appropriate.

2016 ACT Book of the Year Award Winner

The ACT Minister for the Arts and Community Events announced 'The Eighties' by Frank Bongiorno as the winner of the 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award on 15 December 2016.

In selecting the winning entry, the judging panel unanimously agreed 'The Eighties' encapsulates a decade through a readable blend of scholarship and memory. The panel noted Bongiorno deftly merges political, economic, social and cultural analyses into a most accessible narrative which provides fresh insights even for those who lived through the decade.

The ACT Minister for the Arts and Community Events also announced 'The Anchoress' by Robyn Cadwallader as highly commended. 'The Anchoress' was also awarded the People’s Choice for 2016. 'The Anchoress' explores issues of gender, power and religion and the panel noted the book as an emotionally-engaging, assured debut novel.

Also short-listed for the 2016 Award were Merlinda Bobis for 'Locust Girl', Subhash Jaireth for 'Moments', and Ann McGrath for 'Illicit Love'.

The 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award was judged by Ms Nikki Anderson, Mr Colin Steele and Mr Sam Vincent. The ACT Government would like to thank the panel for their time and expertise.

Frank Bongiorno - The Eighties

More Information

For further information on the ACT Book of the Year Award, please contact artsACT on (02) 6207 2384 or email artsACT@act.gov.au

Previous winning nominations to the ACT Book of the Year Award External Link (page hosted by Libraries ACT)