Category Archives: awards

Inky Longlist 2016 announced!

Inside a Dog have just announced the longlist for the 2016 Silver and Gold Inky Awards.  Selected by teens, for teens these books represent the best of the best!

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Gold Inky Longlist

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Silver Inky Longlist

Students interested in being an Inky Awards Judge to select which 10 books from this longlist will make the shortlist, should submit applications here be Monday 28th April.

Don’t hesitate!  Get your applications in!  Mentone Grammar has already been honoured to have two of our students as Inky Award Judges!


2015 Inky Awards Longlist announced!

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?

Inky Awards: Vote Now | Inside A Dog

Gold Inky

Inky Awards: Vote Now | Inside A Dog.

The Inkys voting is on again!

You don’t have to have read all the books to vote – although reading the blurbs might be a good place to start. 😀

You can find a list of the Shortlisted Gold (Australian) Inky and Shortlisted Silver (International) Inky books by going to the catalogue and looking for the Resource Lists.



Australia’s Favourite Library – Vote now!

The Mentone Grammar Libraries have been nominated for the ALIA Australia’s Favourite Library. If you would like to vote for our libraries, please go to THIS PAGE.


Inky Awards – this one’s for you!

Every year the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria runs the Inky Awards. The Inkys are the only awards for Young Adults that are voted on by Young Adults. These awards are for you!

You can VOTE for your favourite book on their website.


You can enter their Audience Prize – make a cake, create a trailer, hold an Inkys party, let your imagination run wild. More information here.

Inky Awards: The Audience Prize « Read alert | State Library of Victoria

via Inky Awards: The Audience Prize « Read alert | State Library of Victoria.

Vote for Inky Award winners NOW!


What’s YABBA?!

If you’ve had a ‘What on earth is YABBA’ moment, then take a few minutes to check this video out!

YABBA, the acronym for Young Australians Best Book Awards, was established in 1985 in Victoria and aim to give children the chance to choose books worthy of awards.  Kids love it and authors revel in the opportunity to be honoured by their readers.

Winning Authors at the 2012 Inky Awards

The Inky awards, once again, delivered a short, but needless to say impressive, list of authors, who spoke at the Inky awards.

When I say list, I really only mean to say three people, but with such renowned authors such as James Moloney (who wrote A Bridge To Wisemans Cove – I’m looking at you Year 8s!), three was all that was needed.  The authors who attended were James Moloney, Leanne Hall and Rhiannon Hart.  Leanne and Rhiannon both shared a panel, where the audience members could ask questions of the authors and James Moloney had his own.  For those of you who can’t recognise the names of the authors or you just don’t know or can’t remember what books they wrote, Leanne is known for This is Shyness and Queen of the Night. Rhiannon is known for Blood Song and Blood Storm. I would hope that the majority of you know James Moloney, as most of you would have and/or will study one of his books. James has also wrote The Book Of Lies and Silvermay.

Thanks to Oscar O’Neill-Pugh for this contribution to the MGSLibrary blog!

Inky Awards 2012

It is an honour for a school to have a student selected as the National Inky Judge.

Last year, Jack Styles of Year 10 was selected to judge the best book for the Inky Prize.  This award incorporating the Silver and Gold Inky is a prize and accolade that many authors seek.  The Inky is awarded by student judges rather than teachers and Librarians.  It is the voice of young readers around Australia.  The chances of another student from our school being selected at all are slim, let alone in consecutive years, however, this year Joe Bosa of Year 9 was selected as the 2013 Inky Judge!

Ky Sinclair, Jack Styles and Oscar O’Neill-Pugh travelled with me to the State Library to listen to Joe speak about the Judging process.  We also listened to authors including James Maloney speak about the writing process.  The large crowd of writers and readers found the presentations enlightening, inspiring and entertaining.

Thanks to Julia Hicks, English Teacher and Coordinator of Public Speaking at Mentone Grammar for escorting our students and completing this write up.