The Readings Children’s Book Prize

The Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 Winner

The winner of the 2014 Children’s Book Prize is Tasmanian author Julie Hunt with her fantasy adventure Song For A Scarlet Runner! She was awarded $4000 in prize money.

Guest Judge Sally Rippin said, ‘Reading Song For A Scarlet Runner was like being transported to another world. The language was gorgeous and evocative and the characters so skilfully drawn that if I close my eyes I can still be transported back there, weeks after having put the book down. As an adult reader I loved this novel as an adult, and can only imagine the magical experience of being swept away by a book like this as a child.’

Read more from our judges here. Or read a Q&A with Julie Hunt here.

About the Readings Children’s Book Prize

The Readings Children’s Book Prize, established in 2014, recognises and celebrates books that families love reading together, or that children read under the covers with a torch late into the night because they can’t bear to put it down – books they tell their friends about.

The Readings Children’s Book Prize aims to raise the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian authors that we believe could make an important contribution to the rich variety of Australian publishing.

The judging panel for 2015 is comprised of Readings’ children’s book specialists. Author Sally Rippin will once again be joining the judging panel to help select the winner from the shortlist.

The prize money for the winner of the Award in 2015 will be $4000.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • The Readings Children’s Book Prize is open to a work of published fiction, written for children aged 5–12 .
  • The author must be an Australian citizen or hold permanent residency at the time of entry.
  • To be eligible for the 2015 Prize, the author should have published no more than four children’s books in this category (Junior/Middle Fiction for 5-12 year olds). Picture books and YA novels are not eligible and will not be counted. A series published within a 12-month period is considered as one book.
  • To be eligible for the 2015 Prize, books must have been first published between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014.
  • Graphic novels, or illustrated narratives, are eligible for entry.
  • Books of co-authorship, including books written by an author and illustrator, will be eligible.
  • Books authored by more than two authors will be eligible.
  • If the winning book has been written by an author and an illustrator it will be judged on a case by case basis as to whether they will jointly win the Prize and share the prize money.
  • Books published only in e-book form are not eligible to be entered.
  • Self-published works are not eligible to be entered.
  • Entries must be published in English.
  • Authors must be living at the date of publication.
  • The shortlisted and winning authors will be asked to participate in publicity events and media opportunities at the time of the Award announcements, and in the months following, and should be, where possible, available to assist in promoting this Award and the advancement of Australian literature.

Entry Guidelines

  • There is no process for entering the Prize. The judging panel will decide on eligible titles and invite respective publishers to submit no more than five reading copies of the nominated book for Prize consideration throughout the eligibility period.


Enquiries should be directed to Readings Carlton children’s buyer and prize manager, Angela Crocombe at