Guidelines & Nomination process

Each November, Australian independent booksellers are invited to submit their bookshop’s favourite titles of a calendar year.

Titles must be published in original edition between 1 January and 31 December and are entirely authored and illustrated by current Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Longlist of titles is compiled and announced in December and a Shortlist of 24 titles (4 titles per category) are announced in late January.

The shortlisted titles are reviewed by an independent judging panels made up of booksellers.  A winner is chosen in each category, then an overall Book of the Year winner voted on from the six category winners.  


The Awards process culminates in a ceremony in March attended by independent bookstores, authors, publishers and the media.


For full Guidelines and Timeline of the 2021 Indie Book Awards read here.