You've been waiting with bated breath and now it is here! The 2020 ABIA shortlist is out and wow! What a lineup of incredible talent.
Every year, the Australian Book Industry Awards brings together and celebrates the talents of not only authors and illustrators, but also the hardworking publishers that go out of their way to support such fine work. Without publishers, such talent might go undiscovered and the world of literature as we know it, would be a lesser place.
We look forward to seeing the humble newcomer make it big in children's literature; cheer when we experience the playful colours of unseen illustrators; marvel at the penmanship of seasoned writers and give thanks to the never-ending support, encouragement and belief of editors and their publishing houses.
Sponsored by some of the biggest publishing houses and businesses in the Literary industry; this year, the ABIA Awards will go virtual - streaming the event LIVE, on YouTube at 4 pm - May 13th, 2020. Some of the categories you'll see celebrated will be: Audiobook of the Year; Biography Book of the Year, Illustrator of the Year; Bookshop of the Year; Publisher of the Year and so many more.
However, Rising Star of the Year is one award that will bring smiles to the faces of many - for without the young taking interest in literature - we have no awards.
I so look forward to the evening and will close up shop early, to enjoy these wonderful Awards.
...And, so should you. :)
The ABIA – Australian Book Industry Awards are set to hit the publishing world with a bang, on April 29th, 2020. The shortlist will be released on Thursday April 9th, 2020 - with more than 250 publishing industry representatives from booksellers and agents, to publishing houses and media – all who have selected and voted for books published in 2019, across 12 categories.
This is a night-of-nights to remember in the publishing world because it is not just about the authors, having written awesome tales; it is about all the other people who work tirelessly to bring a book to fruition and ultimately to market, for you - the reader. We are talking about the extra-ordinary efforts of illustrators, designers, editors, marketers, publishers and of course, authors.
The art of book publishing is one of the oldest, most valuable and well-respected processes on the planet. It guides our learners, assists our educators and inspires our readers.
On this famous night, we show our appreciation for a job well done, a creation well-created and a year well spent, in delivering some of the best and most memorable books in history.
Of course, there will be pomp and circumstance for this red carpet event. The Sydney International Convention Centre will be packed out by guests, entrants and awesome entertainment. Casey Bennetto will do the honours this year, as our host, and Claire Bowditch will delight us with a guest performance.
If ever you wanted to know what was happening in the publishing world or learn about the people who make it all possible – then you need to put this on your calendar; and if you are a member of the Australian Publishers Association – then, this is your night to be celebrated and appreciated.
Book your tickets at The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA).
Where: Grand Ballroom, International Convention Centre, Sydney
When: 29th April, 2020
Cost: $220 for members | $300 for non members
Registrations Open: 6th February, 2020 - 6:00 am
Registrations Close: 29th April, 2020 – 3:00 pm
Nominations for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2019 will open on January 15th, next year. It is a process of nomination, judging by industry experts according to a select criteria and of course announcing the happy winners on the 'Night of Nights' in Sydney, Australia. The annual event is considered to be one of the highlights of the year for both publishers and authors, across the country. It showcases only the best of the best in publishing and rewards excellence, accordingly.
A full description of eligibility and categories for the awards can be found at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA). In the mean time, you might want to preview the list ahead of time. Think about nominating for not one, but a number of sections.
Here is the list on offer.
Don't forget to place the relevant dates on your calendar.
January 15th, 2019 - Nominations for Book Awards Open
February 13th, 2019 - Submissions for Business Awards Open
March 7th, 2019 - Announcement of Book Awards Longlist
March 7th, 2019 - Submissions for Book Awards Longlist Open
March 21st, 2019 - Submissions for Audiobook Awards Open
April 11th, 2019 - Announcement of Shortlist
2nd May, 2019 - Night of Nights!
Australian Publisher Association members can check out the nomination details, last year's winners and photos of prior events at ABIA.
Sponsors for the event include: The Australian Women's Weekly, Audible, Media Super, JCDeaux, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age Newspaper, Borrow Box, Copyright Agency, McPherson's, Ingram - Lightning Source, Twitter, Booktopia, Curtis Brown, Better Reading, Leading Edge Books, Harper Collins, Books & Publishing, Simpsons - Lawyers for Publishers