The Readings Children’s Book Prize

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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.


About the Readings Children’s Book Prize

The winner of the 2014 Children’s Book Prize is Tasmanian author Julie Hunt with her fantasy adventure Song For A Scarlet Runner!

Read a Q&A with Julie Hunt here.

Read the report from our judges here.

Prize money for the winner of the Award in 2014 was $4000.

Enquiries should be directed to Readings Carlton children’s buyer and prize manager, Angela Crocombe, on acrocombe@readings.com.au

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 2014 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 2014 Prize, books must have been first published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013
  • 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, comprised of Readings’ children’s book specialists, 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