Posts Tagged ‘competition’

The INKY awards is an annual event hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. The Inkys are the only Australian awards for Young Adults which are voted on by Young Adults.

The 2015 Inky Awards longlist was announcement just last week and includes some awesome titles!


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 InsideaDog. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

The Awards are named after me, Inky – Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.”

Read more about the books longlisted on the Inside a Dog website and encourage young adults across Australia to put their hat in the ring to be one of the judges.  Read what is involved at:  Want to be an Inky Awards Judge?

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A shortfall of female authors appearing on VCE reading lists has prompted an initiative to boost representation of women in literature across Victorian schools.

So read the opening paragraph of an article by Laura Di Blasi: Program to get Doris, Helen, Virginia, Jane and Charlotte back on reading lists  which was published in yesterday’s edition of The Age newspaper (November 17, 2014)  Noting that 70% of books on the VCE list are currently by male authors, the organizers of The Stella Prize, (named in honour of Stella “Miles” Franklin) are aiming to turn this situation around.

The Stella PrizeThe Stella Prize has launched a schools program to support women’s literature in high schools and to ensure that more female authors start to appear on the VCE text lists.  Launched in July 2014, The Stella Prize, which is currently being run as a pilot project in Victoria, offers an exciting program for Year 7-12 students:

➤ school visits by notable Australian writers, educators & publishers
➤ hands-on writing workshops
➤ teaching notes for Stella Prize shortlisted books (Years 10 to 12)
➤ resources for all secondary school levels
➤ PD for teachers and librarians

With some fabulous, award winning authors participating in this program and an intention to extend this program Australia wide, the opportunities for schools and their students are huge!

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If you ever thought that competitions in libraries have limited value, think again!

As reported in the Norwich Bulletin, seven year old Bella Grace Tyler, a second grade student at Veterans’ Memorial Elementary School, got hooked on a program run by her local library and hasn’t looked back.  Since June of last year she has read 725 books.  In her own words:

I started reading last summer because there was this program at the library where you won points and prizes for every hour you were reading ….. I won a lot of prizes.  My favourite prize was the pizza maker because it makes such tiny pizzas.

Reading at a fourth to fifth grade level, Bella Grace was inspired by her winnings and quickly moved from picture story books to chapter books.  Now reading both fiction and non-fiction books, it seems that her appetite for reading is well and truly established.  Her two to three times a week visits to the library sees her borrow 10 to 15 books a visit!  Not bad for a seven year old!!

Reinforcing my thoughts of the undeniably strong link between reading and writing which I mentioned in an earlier post – Get cracking – write some poetry! – Bella Grace has already written a book of poems and is currently working on a book about three sisters who go to work in a restaurant.  

It seems that the sky is the limit for this young girl!  

Bella Grace Tyler with some of the 725 books read!

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