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Inky Awards announce 2019 shortlists

Inky Awards announce 2019 shortlists

The shortlsits for the 2019 Inky Awards, hosted by the State Library of Victoria, have been announced. The awards recognise the most noteworthy young adult publications locally and internationally, including fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels. 

The 10-book shortlist is split up into two caregories; the Gold inky recognises Australian fiction, and the SIlver inky recognises international fiction. The books were judged from a longlist of 20 by a panel of teen judges from across Australia. 

Public voting for the winners of each award is now open, via Inside A Dog. The poll closes 5pm 18 August, and the winners are to be announced as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools' Program in September. 

Have a look at the shortlist below: 

Gold Inky Shortlist


Hive by A. J. Betts
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
Published by Hachette Australia

Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough
Published by Hardie Grant Egmont

Whisper by Lynette Noni
Published by Pantera Press

After the Lights Go Out by Lili Wilkinson
Published by Allen & Unwin

Silver Inky Shortlist

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Published by Egmont UK Ltd (Electric Monkey)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Published by Allen & Unwin

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Published by Hachette Australia

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
Published by Hachette Australia

Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Published by Waker Books