Frequently asked questions about the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
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?
The 2023 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards is now open for entries and closes on 26 February 2024 at 5pm (WST).
These awards will be for books published between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.
Who can enter?
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 three or more different authors and compiled by an editor are not eligible.
Read the full eligibility criteria on the Categories, Guidelines and Prizes page.
What if I want to enter the same book in multiple categories?
Books cannot be submitted into multiple categories. You must choose one category per book.
Authors who have published two or more books in the year can enter both books but must choose one category per book.
Who can enter Book of the Year?
Any author who has lived substantively in Western Australia for the past 12 months from the closing date of entries.
Any genre or style of book can enter, including history, poetry, young adult, children's books and emerging writers. However, if you enter this category, the book can not also be entered into Emerging Writer or Children's Book of the Year.
Are self-published books eligible?
Yes, self-published books are eligible provided they have an ISBN number, are printed in book form and have been available for general sale.
Is my book eligible for the emerging writer award?
The Award is for a first-ever 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.
Any type of book is eligible to enter eg YA, childrens, poetry, thriller, history, etc.
What are the publishing cut off dates?
Only books published between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023 will be eligible for the Premier’s Prizes.
Can I enter offline?
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.
When will the winners be announced?
The 2024 awards will be announced in June 2024.
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.