Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
How do I enter the Premier’s Book Awards?
Entries are now closed.
Entries for the calendar year 2021 will open in late December 2021 or early January 2022.
How much does it cost to enter?
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.
What are the cut off dates?
Entries are now closed.
Entries for the calendar year 2021 will open in approximately late December 2021.
Who can enter?
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.
What if I want to enter the same book in multiple categories?
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.
Can I win multiple categories?
No. You can enter multiple categories but cannot win multiple categories.
Are self-published books eligible to enter?
Yes, self-published books are eligible provided they have an ISBN number and are printed in book form.
Is my book eligible for the emerging writer award?
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.
What are the publishing cut off dates?
Only books published between 1 January 2021and 31 December 2021 will be eligible for the Premier’s Prize. The entries will open in late December 2021 or early Jan 2022.
Can I enter offline?
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.
Where do I send books to?
Once you have completed an online entry form a confirmation email will be sent to you with a mailing address label.
Can I hand deliver books?
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.
Do I have to post five (5) copies of my book?
Yes. All five copies are needed for the judging process and State Library records.
How will I know if I am shortlisted?
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.
What happens to the books entered?
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.
Can I get feedback as a writer?
Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of submissions, there is no capacity to provide feedback.
Information and inquiries about the WA Premier's Book Awards
Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
State Library of Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre
25 Francis Street
PERTH WA 6000
Contact: Karen Farmer
Telephone: (08) 9427 3173