Most of your questions will be answered in the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions found in the How to Enter page.

This award is presented and administered by Magabala Books. Please see their website for all entry details and inquiries.

This award is administered by Magabala Books who focus on indigenous writers and stories. The government and the Library is pleased to support this award aimed at emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers for junior or young adult fiction.

Entries are now closed. All books and materials must arrive at the State Library by 22 February 2021.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Fiction is administered by  Magabala Books and entry deadlines for this award has been exteneded until 16 May 2021. Pease consult their website for details.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards are free to enter, however the cost of sending books to the State Library must be covered by the applicant.

The entry deadline has been extended. You must complete an online entry form by 5pm (WST) on 15 February 2021. Please note there may be a last minute run of entrants and we highly recommend entering early. No late submissions will be accepted.

Five (5) copies of your work and printed confirmation letter must be received by the State Library no later than 5pm (WST) 22 February 2021.

Works may be submitted by authors, illustrators, publishers or literary agents. Publishers or literary agents must have the permission of the all author/s and illustrator/s.

The applicant must be substantively a Western Australian resident for a minimum of 12 months prior to the closing date of nominations in order to enter. Proof of residency may be required. However, The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Fiction is open Australia wide.

Joint authors must have the permission of the other author/s to enter the work.

If a work has joint authorship, one of the authors must have been a Western Australian resident for a minimum of 12 months prior to the closing date of nominations. Joint authorship is defined here as meaning co-authors, editors, illustrators, translators etc. Anthologies of poetry or short stories by more than three different authors and compiled by an editor are not eligible.

If you are entering the Emerging Writer Category with a Children’s book or co-authored book it must be the first published or self-published books for both the writer/s and illustrator. However only one of the team needs to have been a Western Australian resident for a minimum of 12 months prior to the closing date of nominations.


Books may be submitted in multiple categories, but an author can only win one category per awards cycle. If entering multiple categories, a separate entry form must be filled out for each category and five (5) books provided per category must be sent e.g. two categories would need two (2) online entries and ten (10) books.

No. You can enter multiple categories but cannot win multiple categories.

Yes, self-published books are eligible provided they have an ISBN number and are printed in book form. 

The Award is for a first published book, in any genre or style, written by an author/s who has not previously published or self-published a book-length work of prose, poetry and narrative non-fiction in book form.

In the case of joint authorship both authors must meet these criteria. Joint authorship is defined here as meaning co-authors, illustrators, editors, translators etc.

Only books published between the 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020 are eligible for the Premier’s Prize.

No, you must complete an online entry form. If you do not have access to a computer or internet, your local Library membership will allow free computer access.

Once you have completed an online entry form a confirmation email will be sent to you with a mailing address label.

Postage is preferred but you can hand deliver to the Welcome Desk on the ground floor of State Library of Western Australia during Library opening hours. Please bring all copies of your books and a printed version of the packing receipt emailed to you once the entry form is complete. Incomplete drop off may make your entry ineligible.

Yes. All five copies are needed for the judging process and State Library records.

A shortlist will be announced via the State Library’s social media channels @statelibrarywa and then published on the State Library of Western Australia’s website. Publishers and authors will then be notified by email if their entry has been shortlisted. Unsuccessful entries may not be advised personally of the results.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony which is usually held in the State Library in August. Date to be announced.

Books and other entered material will not be returned. All published works will become the property of the State Library of Western Australia.

The five (5) books are distributed as follows: four (4) copies to the category Judges assessing the nomination, one (1) copy remains with the State Library as a record. The State Library reserves the right to add these works to the State Library’s collections or donate them to charity.

Unfortunately, due to the quantity of submissions there is no capacity to provide feedback.


Information and enquiries:

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
25 Francis Street

Contact: Karen Farmer
Email: premiersbookawards@slwa.wa.gov.au
Telephone: (08) 9427 3173

Last updated on: 24 June 2021