VOTE NOW in Heat 1 for your Favourite Australian Authors for 2018!

by |January 8, 2018

Heat 1 has now closed. The Final Round is now open.
Click here to vote in The Final Round.

The time has come to VOTE for your Favourite Australian Author for 2018!

Over the next few weeks, nominated authors will face off in a series of 5 Heats; with the top 15 authors from each Heat going through to the Finals! We know there are a lot of authors in each Heat – we can’t help it that Australian authors rock!

Vote here for your favourite authors and don’t forget to join in the conversation on TwitterFacebook or Instagram using #AusFaveAuthor

Heat 1 is now CLOSED. You have one chance to vote per Heat, but you can vote for as many authors as you would like within each Heat.

Plus, if you would like to go in the draw to win a $1000 book pack, make sure you enter your name and contact details in the form at the bottom.

Nominated authors featured in this heat were: A L Tait, A. B. Facey, Adam Spencer, Adrian Hyland, Alan Baxter, Alice Pung, Alison Evans, Allayne Webster, Amanda Knight, Amie Kaufman, Amy Andrews, Andrew P Street, Andrew Plant, Anna Spargo-Ryan, Annabel Crabb, Anne Gracie, Annie Seaton, Barbara Hannay, Brian Castro, Bryce Courtenay, C.S Pacat, Carmen Jenner, Cath Crowley, Cathryn Hein, Charlotte Nash, Christine Caine, CJ Duggan, Claire Saxby, Darren Groth, David Malouf, Delia Falconer, Di Morrissey, Dianne Touchell, Don Watson, Doris Pilkington, Duncan Ball, Duncan McNab, Eliza Henry-Jones, Ellen Van Neerven, Em Rusciano, Emily Webb, Emma Viskic, Fiona Higgins, Fiona McArthur, Gabrielle Tozer, Gail Jones, Garry Disher, Garth Nix, George Ivanoff, Geraldine Brooks, Glenda Larke, Hazel Edwards, Honey Brown, J.C. Burke, Jenny Ackland, Jessica Townsend, Jo Oliver, John Marsden, Julia Baird, Juliet Marillier, Kandy Shepherd, Kathryn Fox, Kaye Dobbie, Keri Arthur, Kerry Greenwood, Kimberley Freeman, Kirsty Eagar, Kylie Ladd, Liane Moriarty, Lili Saint Germain, Lily Malone, Lucy Treloar, Lynette Noni, M L Stedman, Marcus Clarke, Maria Lewis, Mark Abernethy, Mark Brandi, Markus Zusak, Marlee Jane Ward, Matthew Condon, Meg Caddy, Melissa Keil, Melissa Pouliot, Mem Fox, Michael Salmon, Miles Franklin, Morris West, Nene Davies, Nick Bland, Nigel Bartlett, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Pamela Allen, Pamela Hart, Pepper Winters, Peter Temple, Rebecca Lim, Rebecca Raisin, Rebecca Shaw, Richard Yaxley, Rjurik Davidson, Robin Bowles, Rosanne Hawke, Ruth Park, Sally Hepworth, Sarah Ayoub, Sarah Barrie, Steph Bowe, Steven Herrick, Susan Murphy, T.M.Clark, Tania Chandler, Tony Parsons, Trudi Canavan, Vikki Wakefield, Wendy James, Wendy Orr, Xavier Herbert

How It Works

January 2-5: Nominations – CLOSED
Nominate your favourite Australian authors. You can nominate as many as you like, anyone who you think deserves recognition. Nominate them in 1 of 4 easy ways: Email us at, or tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, naming your favourites. Or use the hashtag #ausfaveauthor. The top nominations will make it through to the Heats.

January 8-19: The Heats – CLOSED
The top nominations will be collated and split into Heats. Over the next two weeks you’ll have the opportunity to vote for a new list of authors. Only the very best authors from each Heat will progress to the final round of voting.

This is where it gets extra fun! During the Heats, you can go into the running to win a splendid book pack valued at $1000 RRP! – all we need is your email address when you vote!

January 22-25: The Final Poll – NOW RUNNING
The top 75 authors from the Heats will make it to this final poll. This will be your final chance to champion your favourite Australian authors. Voting closes at 11:59pm on Friday, 25th January 2018.

January 29: The Countdown Begins
From Monday, 29th January we’ll countdown your top 50 authors, unveiling 20 authors each day, until…

February 1: The Announcement
Australia’s 10 favourite authors will be announced on Friday, 1st February! We’ll be profiling your top 10 authors and the books that have made them your favourites.

Terms & Conditions

Fill out the form above to vote for your favourite Australian author and you could win a book pack, valued at $1000 RRP!

1. You have from January 8th, 2017 12:00pm until 11:59pm January 25th, 2018 to enter.
2. To enter, you must fill out your name, email address and contact phone number, and vote for your favourite Australian author.
2. You can vote in all five heats and in the final poll for a total of 6 entries to the prize.
4. Only entrants with Australian and New Zealand delivery addresses will be eligible to enter the competition.
5. The winner of the competition will be chosen at random and from the list of those who entered.
6. There is one prize available to be won.
7. The winner will be drawn on February 1st, 2018.
8. Entrants must also agree to the terms and conditions on this page.
9. Cookies on your browser must be enabled in order for you to vote.

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Tanaya has been a lover of books for as long as she can remember. Now, her book collection is a little out of control, mostly consisting of YA fiction and pretty hardcovers. When she’s not reading, she spends a lot of her time taking photos of books for her bookstagram account, @prettypagesblog. She also has a love of Disneyland, bullet journaling and cats.

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  • Cathy

    January 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Good luck candidates!

  • Tehani

    January 8, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    Hi guys. I don’t think we have an Australian Anne Bishop – the only author I know by that name is awesome, but she’s American.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Tehani,

      Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention. Somehow we didn’t quite pick up on this ourselves! We’ve now updated the ballot and taken Anne Bishop out.

      Kind regards,

  • Jen Harris

    January 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Wow – so much talent!

  • January 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Love the list but you’re missing Hannah Kent (Burial Rites, The Good People), or am I not seeing her? Thx

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 9, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Christina,

      This is only Heat 1 of 5 heats that we will be running over the next two weeks. Hannah Kent will be in one of the other Heats. The top 15 authors from each Heat will then progress to the Finals round of the poll. Keep an eye out on social media and here on the Booktopian for when we begin the other Heats.

      Kind regards,

  • Erica Cuatlacuatl

    January 10, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Love Juliet Marillier <3

  • Jo Pamment

    January 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I couldn’t find Anna Hackett’s name.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 10, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Hi Jo,

      This is only Heat 1 of 5 we will be running over the next two weeks. As we had so many authors nominated in last week’s round, it’s not possible to put them all in one Heat. If Anna Hackett was nominated in the nominations round last week, her name will appear in one of the other four Heats. Keep an eye out on our social media channels and here on the Booktopian for when the next Heats start.

      Kind regards,

  • David

    January 10, 2018 at 11:40 am

    What about Matthew Reilly?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Hi David,

      This is only Heat 1 of 5 heats that we will be running over the next two weeks. Matthew Reilly will be in one of the other Heats. The top 15 authors from each Heat will then progress to the Finals round of the poll. Keep an eye out on social media and here on the Booktopian for when we begin the other Heats.

      Kind regards,


    January 10, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I did miss Rachael Johns, I hope she is there. Have just finished The Greatest Gift.

  • Pamela Morris

    January 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Di Morrissey

  • Nada

    January 13, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Bryce Courtenay

  • Elizabeth

    January 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Ruth Park: Her Muddle headed wombat series is still loved by my kids at school. The humour never dates.

  • Faye-Elizabeth Hannam

    January 17, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Tony Park is an awesome author…

  • Margaret Larkins

    January 22, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Tim Winton is brilliant

  • Stacy Bridge Reeve

    January 22, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Bryce Courtenay

  • Nia Gesa

    January 24, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Bryce Courtenay

  • Belinda

    January 24, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Di Morrissey

  • Jean Burton

    January 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Ruth Park

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