The aim of the ACT Publishing Awards is to recognise, reward and promote writing by ACT region authors that has been published by small publishers or self-published. The Awards are administered by the ACT Writers Centre, in recognition of the excellent writing published locally.
There are four categories:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • poetry
  • children’s books (This category may be divided by age group, pending judging feedback and volume of entries.)

Entries will be judged on the excellence of the writing.

Entries are due at 4pm on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

Winners in each category will receive a book voucher and more.

There are four categories, each with two judges. Entries will be judged on the excellence of the writing.

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction 
  • Poetry 
  • Children’s Books

  1. Titles must have been first published (or self–published) during the 2018 calendar year, made available for sale, and published in print book format, with an ISBN.
  2. Entries may have been published in the ACT, interstate or overseas, provided the publisher has no more than fifteen employees.
    • Books published by nonprofit organisations (such as the National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Australian War Memorial, CSIRO etc) which publish books as an adjunct to their main public purpose are eligible for the ACT Publishing Awards.
    • Books published under imprints by publishers with more than fifteen employees are not eligible for the ACT Publishing Awards, regardless of the number of employees employed by that imprint.
    • Books published under subsidiaries where the parent company is a publisher with more than fifteen employees are not eligible for the ACT Publishing Awards, regardless of the number of employees employed by that subsidiary company.
  3. The writer must have been residing in the ACT or region (which covers the shires of Young, Harden, Gundagai, Tumut, Boorowa, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn Mulwaree, Wingecarribee, Palerang, Greater Queanbeyan, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River) at the time of publication or during the nominating period.

  1. Entries must be received by the ACT Writers Centre by 4pm on 3 September 2019. Two hard copies must be provided.
  2. There is no limit on the number of titles entered by any writer or publisher; however, each title can only be entered in one category.
  3. Publishers may submit on behalf of their writers, but must inform the writers that they have done so. Any prizes will be awarded to the writer.
  4. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded at the ACT Writers Centre Annual Awards Night in December 2019. A shortlist may be released prior to the announcement.
  5. One or more winner may be selected in each category, and the writer of each winning title will be awarded a prize and a certificate. Based on the merit of the entries, and at the judges’ discretion, highly commended certificates in each category may also be awarded.
  6. Books will not be returned after the awards, but will remain with the judges as part of the judging fees.
  7. Books written or published by current staff and board members of the ACT Writers Centre are ineligible for consideration in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.
  8. This award or any category within this award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the judges or the ACT Writers Centre. In the event of cancellation, books will be returned to the author/publisher who submitted them.

To enter this year’s publishing awards, please:

  1. Fill out this form via Submittable. Note that you will need a Submittable account to view the form.
  2. Post or deliver two copies of your book to the ACT Writers Centre.
    • The address is Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612.
    • If you intend to drop your books off, it must be within our opening hours (10am-4pm Fridays, by appointment made to on Tuesdays or Thursdays). We will also accept book drop offs on the final submission day, Tuesday 3 September, until 4pm.