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Are you a keen Year 9 or 10 reader?

If yes – The Centre for Youth Literature is currently looking for bookish Melbourne teens in years 9 & 10 to take part in our first ever Dog’s Advisory Board (DAB).

The DAB is an after-school program that meets at the State Library Victoria once a week to discuss all things Inside a Dog, from design to content to programming, and to talk about books and writing. Weekly board meetings will involve everything from brainstorming sessions to writing workshops to author visits, and will be supervised by staff from the Centre for Youth Literature. The program will take place over terms 2 & 3, and is entirely free.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this new program please direct them to Inside a Dog for more information! https://insideadog.com.au/ or contact Samantha Forge, Programs Officer at Centre for Youth Literature


The 2014 Inkys Longlist

Drumroll, please!

Gold Inky

The Inkys are a highlight on the YA reader’s calendar, and the longlist announcement is always hotly anticipated.

There are two Inky awards up for grabs: The Gold Inky, which is awarded to an Australian book and author, and the Silver Inky, which is awarded to an international book and author.

You can see the complete list on the Inside a Dog Website.

You’re The Voice

This exciting opportunity comes to you from the good folk at Inside a Dog –

Want to be a part of Inside a Dog? Applications for You’re The Voice contributors are now open!

So, what is You’re the Voice?

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You’re the Voice is your opportunity to have your say about the world of books. To write about what you read, what you love, and what you want. It’s a weekly blog post published right here on the Inside a Dog website, which is all about books for teens.

So far there’s been Voices from Queensland through to Tasmania, and they’ve blogged about everything from bandwagons to fictional role-models to the decline of the bookshop.

‘I’ve had a wonderful experience blogging for You’re the Voice. Thank you so much for all the support. I have had quite a blast’ – Rehan

‘I’ve truly enjoyed writing for you guys here on Inside a Dog, and you’ve all been so brilliantly supportive and friendly to me this past month 🙂 Thank you!’ – Leah

More information from the website.

Win Stuff! – Inside a Dog

Photo by Jo Negrine-Aiello

Cassandra Golds is the guest blogger at Inside a Dog this month and she is giving books away!

Go to THIS PAGE on Inside a Dog for more details.

Free event with Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is the award-winning author of This is Shyness and its follow-up Queen of the Night.

Express Media and Inside A Dog are holding a FREE event at The Wheeler Centre on
Tuesday 9th October at 5pm

More details HERE (you MUST book!)

Inky Awards 2011 – Creative Reading Prize

The Centre for Youth Literature would like to invite you to be part of the 2011 Inky Awards with the Creative Reading Prize.

The beauty of this prize is that the reader chooses the form of their entry! Teens and readers alike are invited to submit a creative response to a book they love.

It can be in ANY FORMAT YOU CHOOSE, but here are some ideas to get started:

write a short story using the characters/setting (feel free to add zombies)
make a video trailer or a machinima trailer
write a poem or a song illustrate your favourite scene/character sew a costume
make a model
create an art piece

THE PRIZE: A Sony Reader Touch, complete with awesome e-book titles to read! (if you win). And there will be MANY runners-up who will get free books, book vouchers, and any other fun stuff we can find.

They will be posting their favourites on the Dog as they come in.

Submit your entries:

to youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au (or email a link to your YouTube/flickr/etc account) and type ‘Creative Reading Prize’ in the subject line;

OR You can post your entry to:

Inkys Creative Reading Prize
Centre for Youth Literature
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA.

Your entry MUST include: your name your email address your postal address your age, and the name of the book you are responding to.

THE RULES: You can be any age to submit, and there will be runners-up of all ages, but the Grand Prize can only be won by someone under 20. Be as creative as possible. You can enter as many times as you like. We will put our favourite entries up on insideadog, unless you expressly tell us not to in your original submission. The Prize will be judged by our panel of Inkys Judges (of whom we have profiled on insideadog this week).

Entries close on Friday 14 October, 2011. Winners will be announced at the Inky Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 25 October.

Web links: Insideadog   Read alert blog 

Inkys LONGLISTS announced


The Inkys are the only awards for Australian awards for books for young adults that are judged by young adults. The Inkys Longlist was announced today and includes:


(Australian titles)

  • Pigboyby JC Burke (GFL F-BUR)
  • Good Oil by Laura Buzo (GFL F-BUZ)
  • Just a Girl by Jane Caro (GFL F- CAR)
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile by Michelle Cooper (Coming Soon!)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Coming Soon!)
  • This is Shyness by Leanne Hall (GFL F- HAL)
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick (GFL F- HER)
  • Silvermay by James Moloney (GFL F- MOL)
  • The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling (GFL F- STI)
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (Coming Soon!)


(International titles)

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Coming Soon!)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Coming Soon!)
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (GFL F- VIG)
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (GFL F-FOR)
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (GFL F- GOD)
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower by YS Lee (Coming Soon!)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (GFL F- PER)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (GFL F- STE)
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (GFL F- STO)
  • Violence 101 by Denis Wright (GFL F- WRI)

Wow! Such a strong field.

Also, keep your eyes on the Inside A Dog website for details of a Readers Competition for the Inkys.

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Inky 2011 Judge: Jack Styles

We are thrilled and delighted that Year 9 student, Jack Styles, has been selected as a judge for the 2011 Inky Awards.

The Inky Awards, the only teenage literature awards in Australia which are voted upon by teenagers themselves, truly reflect the literature that teenagers want to read.  The winning books, selected by a group of judges, are then voted on by online readers of the Australian Centre for Youth Literature blog ‘insideadog.com.au’.

This is the first time that a Mentone Grammar student has been selected to be a judge for these awards.   Jack, a passionate and committed reader of a wide variety of literature for young adults, has been an active member of the Mentone Grammar Book Club since its inception.  His love of reading and of literature are evident from his enthusiastic comments upon books.  When advised by the selection panel of his successful selection as a 2011 Inky Judge, it was pleasing that they noted:

We were impressed with your expression of interest and believe that you will be  a welcomed addition to the panel we have selected.

We congratulate Jack and are sure that he will not only enjoy the role of being a judge, but will gain invaluable experience from the process.