The State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literature has announced the winners of the 2012 Gold and Silver Inky Awards.
The Gold Inky winner (for an Australian book) is Shift by Em Bailey (Hardie Grant Egmont). Bailey will receive a $2000 cash prize.
The Silver Inky winner (for an International book) is The Fault in Our Stars by American author John Green (Penguin). This is the second time Green has won a Silver Inky, previously picking up the prize in 2007 for Looking for Alaska (HarperCollins).
The Centre for Youth Literature reader development manager Anna Burkey said the Inky Awards encourage teens to read for pleasure and share the stories they enjoy. ‘The Inky Awards are distinctive, providing a space for young people to champion the year’s very best YA fiction. The winners of the Inky Awards are chosen by the audience the authors have written for—teens. That’s a great way to get young adults excited about reading and it is fantastic for the authors to get that recognition.’
The 2012 shortlist included five Australian and five international YA titles. To see the shortlisted titles for this year’s awards, click here.
The Centre for Youth Literature announced the Gold and Silver Inky winners during its two-day InkyFest event. InkyFest included an evening on 23 October for industry professionals, followed by a Schools’ Day on 24 October for teenagers. For more information visit the Inside A Dog website.
To read more about the shortlisting process for this year’s Inky Awards, read Jordi Kerr’s article for Junior Bookseller+Publisher here.