Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. 

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.

First, read the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions. Most of your questions are answered in the document. 
 
Fill out an online entry form on the How to Enter page. 

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 2021 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards is now open for entries and closes on Friday 21 January 2021 at 5pm (WST)

 These awards will be for books published between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

 

Books 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.

Anthologies of poetry or short stories by more than three different authors and compiled by an editor are not eligible.

Read the full eligibility criteria on the Categories, Guidelines and Prizes page.

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 However, The Daisy Utemorrah Award for Unpublished Indigenous Junior and YA Fiction is open Australia wide.

If a book 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-author or illustrator.

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 or illustrators. 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.

Yes.

Books may be submitted into multiple categories (i.e. both – Writing for Children and Emerging Writer), and an author can be shortlisted in both categories. However, they can only win one category per awards cycle. If entering both categories, eight (8) books must be provided, e.g. one category would need to supply five (5) books, and two categories would need eight (8) books.

 

No. However, you can enter multiple categories and be shortlisted multiple times in multiple categories, but you 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 and illustrators. 

Only books published between 1 January 2021and 31 December 2021 will be eligible for the Premier’s Prizes. 

Currently there is no entry form available as the awards are closed for the year.

When they re-open, 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 2021 awards will be announced in June 2022. 

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 sheer number of submissions, there is no capacity to provide feedback.

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
25 Francis Street
PERTH WA 6000

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

This page last updated on 2 March 2022