The Children’s Book Council of Australia undertakes each year the judging of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards from books published in that year and entered into the Awards by publishers or authors and illustrators.
The books are judged by an experienced panel who closely follow the Awards Criteria as determined by the National Board and the Awards Policy. The judging process is funded from entry fees.
These Awards are for original books published in 2015 in print format only. They must be available for purchase in Australia and be written in English. The creators must be Australian citizens or resident in Australia for at least 2 years.
The prize money given to Winner and Honour authors and illustrators is funded by the CBCA Awards Foundation.
All enquiries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry form can be downloaded here:
Editable version [pdf filled in online]
Conditions of entries have changed and the entry form needs to read in conjunction with the Awards Information and Conditions as outlined here.
Entry forms, payment and books should be sent to:
The Children’s Book Council of Australia
Queensland Writers Centre
Level 2, State Library of Queensland
South Brisbane Qld 4101
All entries will be confirmed by email for receipt of payment or through issuing of an invoice.
Entries are not considered valid until payment, completed entry form and books have been received.
Entries received after 30 November 2015 will not be accepted.
Awards Criteria (a PDF version can downloaded here)
1. Names of the Awards
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Younger Readers
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Early Childhood
The Children’s Book Council of Australia: Picture Book of the Year
The Children’s Book Council of Australia: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
2. Definitions and Scope
The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards are for books with an implied readership under the age of eighteen.
The Judges assess entries primarily for literary merit, including cohesiveness in significant literary elements; language chosen for its appropriateness to the theme and style of the work with proper regard to the aesthetic qualities of language; and originality in the treatment of literary elements as they apply to the form of the work. Appeal to the implied readership under the age of eighteen is also taken into account. Judges should also consider quality of illustrations, book design, production, printing and binding.
2a. CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers awards will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama or poetry which require of the reader a degree of maturity to appreciate the topics, themes and scope of emotional involvement. Generally, books in this category will be appropriate in style and content for readers in their secondary years of schooling.
2b. CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers awards will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama or poetry for readers who have developed independent reading skills but are still developing in literary appreciation. Generally, books in this category will be appropriate in style and content for readers from the middle to upper primary years.
2c. CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood awards will be made to outstanding books of fiction, drama, poetry or concept books for children who are at pre-reading or early stages of reading. They may be picture books, picture storybooks, or texts in which illustrations play a substantial part in the storytelling or concept development.
2d. CBCA Picture Book of the Year awards will be made to outstanding books of the Picture Book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity or, in wordless picture books, where the story, theme or concept is unified through illustrations. As a general guideline, the Judges may consider the relative success of a picture book in balancing and harmonising the following elements:
Artistic style and graphic excellence (including typography and its suitability for the implied readership);
Effective use of media and technique;
Colour, line, shape, texture;
Relationship between illustration and text;
Consistency of style, characterisation, information and setting;
Clarity, appropriateness and aesthetic appeal of illustrations;
Quality of book design, production, printing and binding;
2e. The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books will be made to outstanding books which have the prime intention of documenting factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style. As a general guideline, the Judges may consider the relative success of the book in balancing and harmonising the following elements:
Style of language and presentation;
Clarity, appropriateness and aesthetic appeal of illustration;
Integration of text, graphics and illustrations to engage interest and enhance understanding;
Overall design of book to facilitate the presentation of information;
Accuracy with regard to the current state of knowledge.