2018 Shortlist


Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Pan Macmillan Australia)

The Choke by Sofie Laguna (Allen & Unwin)

On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
City of Crows by Chris Womersley (Pan Macmillan Australia)


Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes (HarperCollins Australia)
The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain (Scribe Publications)
Saga Land by Richard Fidler & Kari Gislason (ABC Books, HarperCollins Australia)
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein (Text Publishing)

Debut Fiction

Wimmera by Mark Brandi (Hachette Australia)
Australia Day by Melanie Cheng (Text Publishing)
The Last Man in Europe by Dennis Glover (Black Inc.)
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (Hachette Australia)

Illustrated Non-Fiction

Maggie's Recipe For Life by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins (Simon & Schuster Australia)
Cornersmith: Salads and Pickles by Alex Elliott-Howery & Sabine Spindler (Murdoch Books)
Native: Art & Design with Australian Plants by Kate Herd & Jela Ivankovic-Waters (Thames & Hudson Australia)
Beyond the Rock by Janelle McCulloch (Bonnier Publishing Australia)


Pig the Star by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic Australia)
I'm Australian Too by Mem Fox & Ronojoy Ghosh (Illus) (Scholastic Australia)
Polly and Buster: The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Hachette Australia)

Young Adult

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian (Text Publishing)
Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Fiona Wood & Simmone Howell (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Untidy Towns by Kate O'Donnell (University of Queensland Press)
Wilder Country by Mark Smith (Text Publishing)