Vote now in the FINALS of Favourite Australian Author

by |January 22, 2018

The Finals are now closed. Stay tuned for your Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors from Tuesday 30th January.

This is it. The FINALS of #AusFaveAuthor are finally here and the time has come again to VOTE. We need your help to find Australia’s Favourite Author for 2018.

Over the last few weeks, you’ve nominated your favourite Australian authors and then voted for them in the Heats. The top 76 authors from the Heats have made it to the Finals. The finals start at 11:59am Monday 22nd January and finish 11:59pm Thursday 25th January. You can only vote once but you can vote for as many our of finalists as you would like.

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

Don’t forget – 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.

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 – CLOSED
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 Thursday, 25th January 2018.

January 30: The Countdown Begins
From Tuesday, 30th 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 Thursday, 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.

If you need assistance with accepting cookies to vote, please try these instructions:

Enabling cookies in the Android web browser
1. Open the Browser.
2. Go to Menu > Settings > Privacy & security.
3. Or, go to Menu > More > Settings and find “Privacy settings.”
4. Make sure Accept Cookies is turned On.
5. Once this is set, you can browse websites normally.

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1. Open Chrome.
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Enabling cookies in Safari for iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch)
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Enabling cookies in Microsoft Edge for Window 10 Mobile
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2. Tap the More menu, then select Settings.
3. Tap View advanced settings.
4. Make sure that Don’t block cookies is selected from the “Cookies” drop-down menu.
5. Once this is set, you can browse websites normally.

Instructions from OverDrive.

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About the Contributor

Before entering the exciting world of books, Bronwyn served in the Royal Australian Air Force, travelled extensively and worked (still does!) as a barista on the weekends. Books are her true passion. Bronwyn's debut fantasy novel Relic is coming out in 2019 with indie publishing house Talem Press. They are to publish her entire trilogy called The Relic Trilogy. In her spare time, Bronwyn writes, reads and enjoys keeping fit (which she undoes by eating loads of chocolate) with Martial Arts and personal training. She can't answer what her favourite book is but she has a soft spot for Peter Pan (J.M Barrie), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon), Stardust (Neil Gaiman), The Illuminae Files (Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman) and Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo). Fantasy, sci-fi and YA make up the majority of her bookshelves.

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  • Jim Dempsey

    January 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Peter Carey?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 23, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Hi Jim,

      Peter Carey was in one of the Heats last week but didn’t make it through to the finals based on the votes from the public.

      Kind regards,

  • Stuart Carr

    January 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    You forgot Nan Chauncy

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 23, 2018 at 8:32 am

      Hi Stuart,

      This list of 76 is based on votes from the public in our Heats last week. The top 15 of each Heat went into the Finals round, with one additional author from the Wild Card Heat. Unfortunately Nan Chauncy hasn’t made it to this round of the poll.

      Kind regards,

      • Rebecca

        January 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

        Just curious, did Hannah Peach /Sienna Blake (YA/Romance Author) make it into any of the heats? She learnt her craft mainly from having Bryce Courtney as her mentor.

        • Tanaya Lowden

          January 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

          Hi Rebecca,

          I’ve had a look and no, neither of them made it into the Heats. If you’re curious about any other authors who made it into the Heats, each Heat has a full list of authors who were included.


  • Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow

    January 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Booktopia, I’ve two favourite authors, one being Bryce Courtenay and the other myself! Bryce I knew personally which is one reason. He was a lovely man. Secondly his book Power of One was of help to a relative who was having a bit of a struggle. Thirdly, I helped him with Four Fires. My signed copy is presently with our local volunteer bushfire brigade to auction to raise funds for a fire station that floods every Wet Season. As for myself, let me just include the words of Jonathan Franzen in regard to my autobiography, Quiet Snake Dreaming. He wrote that this book gave him ‘huge insight’ into the lives of Aboriginal Australians. My ‘Birds of Australia’s Top End’ won high praise from birdwatchers around the world and ‘Fauna of Kakadu and the Top End’ was a core text for American students at the University of NSW summer school for fourteen years.

  • Kelly

    January 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Great idea doing the vote 🙂

    • Brian

      January 22, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Where’s Peter Carey?

      • Tanaya Lowden

        January 23, 2018 at 8:29 am

        Hi Brian,

        Peter Carey was in one of the Heats last week but didn’t make it through to the finals based on the votes from the public.

        Kind regards,

  • Lyn Pelling

    January 22, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Its so hard! I feel bad for not voting for some whose books i have adored

    • Bronwyn Eley

      January 22, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi! You can vote for as many authors as you’d like! But you can only vote ONCE – meaning, when you vote: select as many as you want before closing your browser. If you come back to vote for more, it won’t let you.

  • Fleur Heberlein

    January 22, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Mem Fox’s books have been starting blocks for my children all falling in love with books and reading. Four sons currently all in their 20’s.

  • Eve Marso

    January 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I may have missed the name in the initial list, but I haven’t seen one of the most interesting and erudite authors, mentioned in any of the lists, and that is Don Watson.
    This surprised me and disappointed that the Australian reading public prefers fiction to non-fiction, factual, literary gems such as The Bush, and Recollections of a Bleeding Heart.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 23, 2018 at 8:36 am

      Hi Eve,

      Don Watson was one of the authors you could vote for in Heat 1. Unfortunately he didn’t make it into the top 15 from that Heat that progressed to the Finals round based on the public’s votes.

      Kind regards,

  • Athena

    January 22, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I wish I could Vote for MR 100 times over. His writing has been the light at the end if the tunnel since primary school.

  • A rees

    January 22, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    For one horrible moment I feared that I had to choose just one favourite Australian author….could not be done. Then I realised that I could pick all my favourites…YES!

  • sasha

    January 22, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    love ALL of Matthew reillys books! That man is a genius! getting everyone i know to vote for him!

  • Clinton smith

    January 22, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Matthew rielly!!

  • Daniel Cordova

    January 23, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Matthew Reilly definitely gets my vote.

  • robert engels

    January 23, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Tony park, the best!!

  • Bec stevens

    January 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Rachael johns!!

  • Jo

    January 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Pete Evans?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Hi Jo,

      Pete Evans was in Heat 4 of the poll. Unfortuantely he was not one of the top 15 from that Heat to make it into this Final round of voting.

      Kind regards,

  • Carol Dillon

    January 23, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    Where are, Kylie Quillinan, Gabrielle Lord, Jennifer Rowe(I know she is Emily Rodda), Henry Lawson, Elizabeth Jolley… etc???

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Carol,

      This is the Finals round of the poll. The top 15 authors from each of the 5 Heats we ran over the last two weeks make up the Finals poll. Unfortunately Kylie Quillinan, Gabrielle Lord and Jennifer Rowe did not make it into the Heats. As for Henry Lawson and Elizabeth Jolley, both were in Heat 4 but did not manage to make it into the top 15 to progess to the Finals round.


  • Miza

    January 23, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Matthew Reilly, I have all his books & I named my son after him although I spelt Reilly differently

  • Claire

    January 23, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Anna Campbell all the way! Such an amazing writer.

  • Nicole Brady

    January 24, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Monica mcinerney i gets my vote!

  • Chloe

    January 24, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Where’s Lauren Child??

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Chloe,

      This poll is for Australia’s favourite Australian author. Lauren Child is from England and therefore isn’t eligible to be included in the poll.


  • Julie Lloyd

    January 24, 2018 at 10:58 am

    I love any Kerry Greenwood books, but haven’t seen any lately. There are so many great Aussie authors so it was really hard to choose.

  • W Rotering

    January 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    What is a bloody cookie and why do I HAVE to have them just to vote?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Hi there,

      A cookie is a small piece of data used on websites to track a specific thing. In the case of our author poll, the cookie is tracking whether someone has already voted to ensure that only one vote per person is recorded. The way the poll has been set up means that cookies must be enabled in order to participate, and so we can keep the poll fair and not have people voting multiple times.

      Hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

  • Heather

    January 25, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Liz Byrski?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Heather,

      Liz Byrski was in Heat 4 but didn’t make it into the top 15 to progress to this Finals round.

      Kind regards,

  • Elizabeth Ashby

    January 25, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I love Ruth Park’s writing, and I voted for her, but … ahem … she is Kiwi.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      We are aware that Ruth Park is New Zealand born. Our Favourite Australian Author poll included Australian-born authors and also those who now call Australia home.


  • Angela McDermott

    January 25, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I wish I’d known about nominating authors for the heats. Peter Temple and Garry Disher are both superb Australian authors.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Both Peter Temple and Garry Disher were nominated for the Heats. They both appeared in Heat 1 but unfortunately did not make the top 15 of their Heat to make it into this Final round.


  • Margaret O'Brien

    January 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    What happened to the iconic Henry Lawson? At least Banjo Parson made the list. And Christobel Mattingley? Margaret O’Brien

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Margaret,

      Henry Lawson was in Heat 4 of the poll, but unfortunately did not make it into the top 15 of that Heat to progress to the Finals round. As for the other authors you asked about, none of these made it into the Heats, and therefore could not be in the Finals either based off of nominations and votes from the public.


  • Margaret O'Brien

    January 25, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    And too bad Anna Fienberg, of the enormously popular Tashi books, didn’t make the list.

  • Maureen McKinley

    January 25, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Would not accept my vote for Rachael treasure,anyway joy dittman outdoes them all,brilliant author,easy reading and all about the down and out Australian

  • Pete

    January 25, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Lol, how can you have a best author competition and leave Peter Carey out?

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Pete,

      This is our Finals round. Over two weeks we ran 5 Heats with the top 15 from each making it into this round. Peter Carey was in Heat 4, but unfortunately did not make it into the top 15 to progress to the finals round. All this has been decided based on votes from the public.

      Kind regards,

  • Joy

    January 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    You forgot Ian Heads. He has written about 50 books. Sports history is so ignored.

    • Tanaya Lowden

      January 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Joy,

      The Favourite Australian Author poll is completely decided by votes from the public. After nominations and several rounds of Heats, these 76 authors in the Finals round have had the highest number of votes. Unfortuantely Ian Heads hasn’t made it to this stage of the poll.


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