2018 ACT Book of the Year Award


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 2018 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 (2017).

The 2018 ACT Book of the Year Award is open to books published between 1 January and 31 December 2017 (the publication date is taken as the date printed in the book).

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.

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