ACT Book of the Year Award

2022 ACT Book of the Year Award

Nominations for the 2022 ACT Book of the Year are now open and close at 5pm, Monday 31 October 2022. Applications must be submitted via the online artsACT grants portal

2021 ACT Book of the Year Award

Subhash Jaireth’s collection of essays titled Spinoza’s Overcoat has been revealed as the 2021 ACT Book of the Year.
The essays, which explore the lives of writers, poets and their travels, ultimately won over the judges to receive the $10,000 prize.

In addition to the winner, the judges have awarded two highly commended and three shortlisted novels from local authors this year.

Book of the Year award - Conditions of entry

Nominations must meet the ACT Book of the Year Award eligibility requirements and the Conditions of Entry listed below.

More information and previous winners

The ACT Government offers an ACT Book of the Year Award for excellence in literature, valued at $10,000 for the winner, $2,000 for any highly commended book and $1,000 for each shortlisted book. The Award aims to support the development of ACT-based writers, promotes writing in the ACT, and contributes to a positive writing culture for the ACT. The 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. The ACT Book of the Year Award is for books written by authors who reside in the ACT, or can specifically and strongly demonstrate an ACT-based arts practice.

Books are considered by an independent judging panel, which recommends a shortlist and winning author to the Minister for the Arts. Previous literary contributions by the author may be taken into consideration during the judging process. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process. The ACT Government reserves the right not to accept a nomination.

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

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