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Learning Resource Centre: Award Winning Books

This page is a list of the prize winners held in the LRC collection. It will be updated as the prizes are announced year to year. It is far from an exhaustive list and will only include titles held in the LRC prize and award winners we do not hold will not included but clicking on the logos will take you to complete lists.

Please note that the Stella, Kibble and Barbara Jefferis Awards focus on female writers.

Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award that celebrates Australian women’s writing and an organisation that champions cultural change.

The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The Stella Prize seeks to:

  • recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature.
  • bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales.
  • equip young readers with the skills to question gender disparities and challenge stereotypes, and help girls find their voice.
  • reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing.

2017 Winner

Kibble Awards

Amongst some of Australia's most prestigious awards for women writers, the Nita B Kibble Literary Awards (the Kibble Awards) aim to encourage Australian women writers to improve and advance literature for the benefit of our community.

The Awards recognise the works of female authors of fiction or non-fiction classified as 'life writing'. This includes novels, autobiographies, biographies, literature and any writing with a strong personal element.

The Kibble Literary Award recognises the work of an established author while the Dobbie Literary Award recognises a first published work.

The Kibble and Dobbie Literary Awards are biennial and will next be awarded in 2018.

Winner of the 2016 Kibble Award

Winner of the 2016 Dobbie Award

Barbara Jefferis Award

The Barbara Jefferis Award is offered biennially for "the best novel written by an Australian author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise empowers the status of women and girls in society."

It will next be awarded in 2018.

2016 Barbara Jefferis Award Winner


Recognising and rewarding the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation. 

Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the Indies website.

Indies Category Winner – Fiction and Book of the Year

Indies Category Winner – Young Adult fiction

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Writing for Young Adults Winner

People's Choice Winner

ALS Gold Medal

The ALS Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work in the preceding calendar year. The Medal was inaugurated by the Australian Literature Society, which was founded in Melbourne in 1899 and incorporated into the Association for the Study of Australian Literature in 1982. No nominations are required, though ASAL members are invited to propose potential winners to the judging panel.

2017 Winner

Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Prime Minister's Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian writing makes to the nation's cultural and intellectual life. Awards are presented across 6 categories ranging from poetry to children's fiction to Australian history.

2017 marks the awards 10th anniversary.

Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the PMLA website.

2017 Fiction Winner

2017 Young Adult Fiction Winner

how the literary prize winner is chosen by tom gauld

credit to Tom Gauld source

Miles Franklin Literary Award

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize. Established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin, the prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

2017 Winner

Australian Book Industry Awards

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) is an annual celebration that celebrates the connection between Australian readers and the ‘book makers’ – authors, editors, publishing professionals and retailers, who unite to create the must-read books of the year.

Only titles available in the LRC are listed a full list is available on the ABIA website.

General Fiction Book of the Year and Gold ABIA for Book of the Year (chosen from pool of ABIA category winners)

Biography Book of the Year

Book of the Year for Older Children

New Writer of the Year

Children's Book Council of Australia

The annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards affirm the quality of some of Australia’s most creative people and provides a boost to their capacity to devote time to their craft.

Established with the first awards in 1946, the annual CBCA Book of the Year Awards aim to:

  • promote quality literature for young Australians
  • support and encourage a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books
  • celebrate contributions to Australian children’s literature.

Book of the Year: Older Readers

Book of the Year: Older Readers - Honours

CLIP Carnegie Medal

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. They are unique in that they are judged solely by librarians.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people (the LRC does not hold Kate Greenaway Medal winners).

CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner 2017

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award

The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award is one of Australia's richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five. Offering prize money of $20,000 plus publication by Allen & Unwin with an advance against royalties, The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award has launched the careers of some of Australia's most successful writers, including Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Brian Castro, Mandy Sayer and Andrew McGahan.

2017 Winner

The Ampersand Prize

Every year, publishing house Hardie Grant Egmont throws open the doors and puts out the call for manuscripts by unpublished writers. It's called the Ampersand Prize. The Ampersand Prize aims to find brilliant debut novels by YA and middle-grade writers. If they fall in love with a manuscript, the writer gets a contract, an advance and serious editorial development to bring their books to market. Previous winners include The Flywheel by Erin Gough and Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil.

Most Recently Published Winner - Cally Black (2015)

Man Booker Prize


The Man Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over four decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.

2017 Man Booker Prize Winner

There are two awards that you as a reader have a big say in the winner of. The Inkys famed for being by young people and for young people and The Goodreads Choice Awards.

Inky Awards

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

MacRob students can apply to become judges. This process is undertaken in February and March.

Winner of the 2017 Gold Inky Award

Winner of the 2017 Silver Inky Award


The Goodreads Choice Awards is a yearly award program, first launched on Goodreads in 2009. Users are able to vote for the books that Goodreads has nominated and are also able to nominate books of their choosing, released in the given year. The majority of books that Goodreads itself nominates are from Goodreads authors. The final voting round collects the top 10 books from 20 different categories.

All Goodreads members are encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourites. It can be quite an exciting time to be a Goodreads member. The catagories a varied from childrens to humor to science a full list is available on the Goodreads site, the LRC is only including the titles we hold on this page.

Best Mystery & Thriller

Best Fantasy

Best History & Biography

Best Young Adult Fiction & Best Debut Goodreads Author

Top 101

Unlike other awards The Top 101 does not require a book to have been published in the last 1 or 2 years to be eligible, this is about readers (specifically Dymocks Booklovers) all time favourites though it can end up being favourite for now. For example in the 2017 list there are books as ranging as George Orwell's 1984 to Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project.

Previous number ones have included The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak (for three years running), The Twilght Saga by Stephanie Meyer and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2017 Top 101 number 1:

Some awards seek to acknowledge an author's entire cataloge of work rather than an individual title.
The books listed under these awards are not all the published titles by that author (not even all held by the LRC), merely a selection. The awards listed here may change yearly. 

Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually, since 1901, to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". Though individual works are sometimes cited as being particularly noteworthy, here "work" refers to an author's work as a whole. Previous Laureates include: T.S. Eliot, John Steinbeck, Patrick White, J.M. Coetzee, and somewhat controversially Bob Dylan

2017 Nobel Laureate for Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro

Franz Kafka Prize

Criteria for winning the Franz Kafka Priza: "the quality and exclusivity of the artwork, its humanistic character and contribution to cultural, national, language and religious tolerance, its existential, timeless character, its generally human validity and its ability to hand over a testimony about our times". The prize can be awarded to a living author from any country of origin, though that author must have at least one work published in the Czech language.

The prize came to be notable after two winners went on to become Nobel Laurates for Literature in their respective years after winning the Franz Kafka Prize.

2017 Winner: Margaret Atwood



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