ACT Book of the Year Award


The ACT Book of the Year Award is currently closed. Future details will be posted to this site and the artsACT enews when available.

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.

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.

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.

2018 ACT Book of the Year Award Winner

Congratulations to Paul Collis, whose novel Dancing Home was announced the winner of the 2018 ACT Book of the Year Award at the ACT Writers Centre awards night on 6 December 2018.

2018 ACT Book of the Year Award Highly Commended

Merlinda Bobis for Accidents of Composition

2018 ACT Book of the Year Award Shortlist

Jackie French for Facing the Flame

Omar Musa for Millefiori

Rachel Sanderson for The Space Between

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)