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Inky Awards Judges 2019

Itโ€™s that time of year again! A band of intrepid book-lovers are about to set off on an epic reading adventure!

Each year, we selected a small group of teens to help us whittle down our Inky awards longlist to a final shortlist. Once selected, this shortlist will be voted on by teens from around Australia to select our Gold and Silver Inky Awarded titles.

This year we received over 120 applications to be an Inky Judge! A huge thank you to everyone who applied, we were totally overwhelmed by how many incredibly sharp-minded, passionate readers there are out there. It was a terrifically difficult job to choose just seven judges from all those amazing applications. So difficult, in fact, that we chose eight instead!

Our 2019 Inky Awards Judges are:

Alisa, 14, from South Australia

Catalina, 12, from New South Wales

Fred, 12, from Victoria

Juliette, 14, from Queensland

Kiara, 13, from Victoria

Krisha, 14, from the ACT

Marlees, 15, from Queensland

Zitong, 13, from Victoria

Our judges will have to read all 20 longlisted books over the next three months, but they have to keep their thoughts and judgement secret until the shortlist is announced. Luckily, we have our Shadow Judges who will also be reading the longlisted books and posting reviews and responses over on their blog. Weโ€™re very excited to be running the Shadow Judges program again this year, and canโ€™t wait to read their work!

Our 2019 Inky Awards Shadow Judges are:

Gryffyn from New South Wales

Imogen from Victoria

Isabella from Victoria

Mahalakshme from Victoria

Meenakshi from South Australia

Yanan from Victoria

Best of luck to our judges with the monumental task that lies ahead of them. For a reminder of the books they will be reading, check out the 2019 Inky Awards longlist.

42 comments

zitongbooks

There be me :)

25th Mar, 19
sylvs

AHHHHH CONGRATS <3 <3

25th Mar, 19
zitongbooks

In reply to sylvs

Thanks :)

25th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to zitongbooks

*Makes a cake*

25th Mar, 19
bookwithbane

Congrats bro

25th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Hey fellow judge :)

26th Mar, 19
zitongbooks

In reply to alisaaa

Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹

26th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to zitongbooks

How is your life going ๐Ÿ™‚

26th Mar, 19
zitongbooks

In reply to alisaaa

Life is pretty fantastic right now, being an Inky Judge and all. Yourself?

26th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to zitongbooks

Yessss, I am all good! My school is so proud of me... now I have to speak at assembly eheh

26th Mar, 19
zitongbooks

In reply to alisaaa

Best of luck!

26th Mar, 19
damnedmonkey

Wow! Congrats on everyone who got through (I know how hard it can be)

25th Mar, 19
sylvs

OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!!! GOOD JOB EVERYONE CONGRATS!!! YOURE GONNA LOVE THE INKY AWARDS SERIOUSLY!!!!! if anyone needs any advice or tips I'm super happy to help :)

25th Mar, 19
lozza

Sounds good.

26th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to lozza

:)

26th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Hiya, my name is there wow

26th Mar, 19
sylvs

lit :) SA Inky judge pals!!! WOOOOO

26th Mar, 19
alisaaa

In reply to sylvs

yeahhhhhh i know you from last year :)

27th Mar, 19
sylvs

In reply to alisaaa

*Blushes* hehehehe. Congrats by the way I'm sure your group would do really well shortening the list into a shortlist :D

27th Mar, 19
ladybird

Ahhhhh congrats to everyone whoโ€™s a judge this year!!!

26th Mar, 19
imosshelf

Congratulations to everyone! Can't wait to be a Shadow Judge this year!

26th Mar, 19
sylvs

YASSSS!!! Have lots of fun and enjoy every moment ;)

27th Mar, 19
crobster

Heyyy fellow judges! I'm Catalina BTW
I'm also 13, my bday was on the day of the video interview!
Sooo excited

27th Mar, 19
zitongbooks

Hey Catalina and fellow judge! Happy Birthday from a few weeks ago!

27th Mar, 19
bubbles

Hi Catalina! Yeah haha happy birthday for then as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

27th Mar, 19
crobster

Yay ~ thank you guys!
I was just saying because it says I'm 12 but now I'm a TeEnAgEr

27th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Heyyy Catalina! Love your name~ Looking forward to working with you!

28th Mar, 19
crobster

In reply to alisaaa

Thanks Alisa! Me too! :)

28th Mar, 19
bubbles

Hi fellow judges! I'm Juliette - I'm really excited about being a judge! Congrats everyone!

27th Mar, 19
sylvs

OH MY GOSH YASSSSSSS CONGRATS!!!!!!!! YOU'RE GONNA LOVE INKY JUDGING!!!!!!

27th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Hi Juliette!!! I'm excited too! I'm Alisa btw <3

28th Mar, 19
bubbles

In reply to alisaaa

Heyyy!

1st Apr, 19
lozza

Sorry to ask... but what does "btw <3" mean?

28th Mar, 19
crobster

BTW means 'by the way' and the <3 is a heart!

28th Mar, 19
kasha

Hi Guys!! My name is Krisha!! Congrats to all fellow judges!!
I'm really excited to start! (and nervous too) but super exited!

29th Mar, 19
crobster

Hi Krisha! Iโ€™m so excited too! :)

29th Mar, 19
alisaaa

Hello~ I'm a judge too! Good luck :)

29th Mar, 19
bubbles

Hey Krisha! Iโ€™m Juliette ๐Ÿ˜ same Iโ€™m nervous but reeeally excited hehe

1st Apr, 19
kasha

In reply to bubbles

Hi Juliette- good luck with your reading! I can't wait to meet you all!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

1st Apr, 19
bubbles

In reply to kasha

You too and yes! I can't wait either :)

1st Apr, 19
kasha

In reply to bubbles

:))

1st Apr, 19
kasha

Good luck to you too Alisaaa!
I look forward to working with all of you!

29th Mar, 19