ACT Book of the Year Award


2019 ACT Book of the Year Award Shortlist

Ellen Broad for Made by Humans: The AI Condition

Robyn Cadwallader for Book of Colours

Andrew Hutchinson for One

Penelope Layland for Things I've Thought to Tell You Since I Saw You Last

Joy McCann for Wild Sea: A History of the Southern Ocean

Rachel Sanderson for Mirror Me

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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 and promotes writing in 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. Please refer to our information for applicants page for full eligibility requirements.

Books are considered by an independent judging panel, which recommends a shortlist and winning author to the Minister for the Arts and Cultural Events. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

artsACT is undertaking an evaluation of the ACT Book of the Year Award, as part of reviewing all arts funding programs to inform the development of the ACT Arts Funding Plan. The Award aims to recognise quality contemporary literary works including fiction, non-fiction and poetry by ACT-based authors; support the development of ACT-based writers; and promote writing in the ACT. The evaluation will assess the Award’s appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency against these aims.

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)