Awards information

Literary awards calendar

Literary award bodies across Australia have worked together to create a literary event calendar.

Click on awards calendar to download a copy.

The ABA Booksellers' Choice Award

The Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards recognises the books that booksellers most enjoyed reading and handselling during 2019.

We believe this is a special award because it is decided by the people who personally recommend and care enough to put a book in the hands of the reading public.

This year for the first time we have three categories -

  • ·Nielsen Adult Fiction Book of the Year (sponsored by Nielsen)
  • ·Booksellers' Choice Adult Non-Fiction (sponsored by Booksellers' Choice)
  • ·Kids' Reading Guide Children's Book of the Year (sponsored by Kids' Reading Guide) 

Members voting is now open until 1st June - please see the newsletter or contact the ABA for details.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 8 July. 

ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year Award

The ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises an individual bookseller for their outstanding achievement in the past twelve months. The winner will not only be identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop that they work but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

2020 NOMINATIONS are OPEN click HERE

ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year

The ABA Penguin Random House Australia Young Bookseller of the Year award recognises and rewards the excellence of a bookseller 35 or under and promotes bookselling as a career choice for young people. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores as well as the local and wider community. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

2020 NOMINATIONS are OPEN click HERE