Guidelines & Nomination process

Each November, booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books group of independent bookstores 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 panel made up of representatives from bookstores and a Leading Edge Books Head Office staff member.  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 2020 Indie Book Awards read here.


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