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All Australian independent bookstores are invited to nominate their favourite titles from 2020. To register your interest in participating in the Indie Book Awards, please complete the form below.

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Australian independent booksellers are invited to nominate their bookshop’s favourite titles from 2020 (a maximum of 4 titles per category) in the following categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Debut Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, Children’s and Young Adult.

One nomination submission per independent bookstore will be accepted. No submissions from online-only or franchisee stores will be accepted.

All participating bookstores will receive Point of Sale and Display materials, plus digital assets to share via social media.

  • Shortlist POS - each participating store to receive Shortlist posters.

  • Category winners and the Indie Book Awards ‘Book of the Year 2021’ winner POS - each participating store to receive a POS kit containing: poster, bookmarks, stickers, shelftalkers and counter cards.

Find the full Guidelines of the 2021 Indie Book Awards here.


One thing that has struck me repeatedly since The Dry was published is how many people have bought it on the recommendation of their local independent bookseller. I have been contacted by dozens of readers over the past months saying the same thing: 'I bought it because the bookshop owner told me I'd like it, and I trust their judgement.' I've been overwhelmed by the way independent booksellers have embraced The Dry, hand-sold it and championed debut Australian fiction. I know it has made a huge difference to the sales and word-of-mouth exposure for the book, because hundreds of readers have told me so, and for that I am immensely grateful.

- Jane Harper, Indie Book Awards 2017 Book of the Year, The Dry