The ABIA Shortlists are here!

by |April 11, 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards is an annual event celebrating the achievements of Australian authors, publishers, and booksellers. Every year, the quest to find the Book of the Year for a range of categories is taken on by the ABIA Academy (made up of over 200 industry professionals), and then by a special Judging Panel.

Today, the ABIA Book of the Year shortlists were announced – see which lucky books made it below!


General fiction book of the year

General Fiction Book of the Year
General Fiction Book of the Year

Literary fiction book of the year

Literary Fiction Book of the Year
Literary Fiction Book of the Year

General nonfiction book of the year

General Nonfiction Book of the Year
General Nonfiction Book of the Year

Biography book of the year

Biography Book of the Year
Biography Book of the Year

Book of the year for older children (ages 13+)

Book of the Year for older children (ages 13+)
Book of the Year for older children (ages 13+)

Book of the year for younger children (ages 7-12)

Book of the Year for younger children (ages 7-12)
Book of the Year for younger children (ages 7-12)

Children’s picture book of the year (ages 0-6)

 Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)
Children’s Picture Book of the Year (ages 0-6)

Illustrated book of the year

Illustrated Book of the Year
Illustrated Book of the Year

International book of the year

International Book of the Year
International Book of the Year

Small publishers’ adult book of the year

Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
Small Publishers’ Adult Book of the Year

Small publishers’ children’s book of the year

Small Publishers' Children Book of the Year
Small Publishers’ Children Book of the Year

The Matt Richell award for new writer of the year

Matt Richell Award Shortlist
Matt Richell Award Shortlist

ABIA 2018 Audiobook Award Shortlist

Audiobook of the Year Shortlist
Audiobook of the Year Shortlist

The ABIA winners will be announced on 2nd May – stay tuned!

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