Everything you need to know about the Walkley for book length non-fiction and literary journalism.
What are the Walkley Awards?
The Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism are Australia's most prestigious journalism accolades. The Walkley Book Award, now in its eighth year, is one of 34 categories across print, television, radio, documentary and photography. The winner of the Walkley Book Award in 2012 was George Megalogenis for his book, The Australian Moment.
Is the entry process similar to other literary awards?
This award is structured within the Walkley Awards program, so it is unlike any other literary award in Australia. Some differences are outlined in detail below – including self-nomination by writers, no restrictions on how many books a publisher may enter, and an entry fee for non-members of the Media Alliance of $260.00 (inc. GST). Entry is free for financial members of the Media Alliance – see below for details.
Are there restrictions on how many books a publisher can enter?
No, publishers may enter as many titles as fit the criteria.
How many times can an individual author enter?
In line with the terms and conditions for all Walkley Awards – entrants may only enter once in each award category.
Can individual authors nominate themselves or does it have to be through the publishers?
The Walkley Awards have a tradition of self-nomination – but both the author and publisher must sign the entry form.
What are the conditions of entry?
All books must have been published in the 12 months from September 1, 2012 to August 30, 2013. Authors must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Do I need to be a journalist to enter?
No, all writers are encouraged to enter their work, so long as it is an example of journalistic non-fiction.
Do I need to pay the $260 entry fee if I am a financial member of the AJA section of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance?
No, the Alliance will cover the cost of entry for financial members as a benefit of membership. The Media Alliance only covers entry fees for financial members – suspended members who are not actively working in the journalism field can reactivate their membership at a special rate, which includes delivery of The Walkley Magazine and other benefits. For membership information, please call 1300 65 65 13.
What types of books are considered non-fiction journalism?
Entries may cover a diverse range of issues, from true crime, memoirs and biographies, through to political analysis, business, war reportage, investigative journalism and foreign correspondence. Titles can be of Australian or international subject matter and/or historical in context.
Do I need to have the entry form authorised?
Yes, it is compulsory that you have it signed by your publisher to validate the work.
What do I need to include with my entry form?
Please submit your completed entry form, along with
- six copies of your 200-word entry statement
- six copies of your 200-word synopsis and
- six full versions of the published work.
This should be in both hard copy and saved on a CD. Only one copy each of the statement and synopsis need be on the CD.
The entry statement should contain things such as the author’s inspiration for the work, any hurdles in the researching or publishing process and any additional information which may be of interest to the judges ie, has there been any consequence of the writing of the book (court action, media coverage, family reunions, new developments, etc).
How are the awards judged?
Judging is a two-tier process comprising senior representatives within the media and publishing community. Judges will determine a long list (top nine) and shortlist (top three) prior to the announcement of the Walkley Book Award winner, which takes place at the Walkley Awards Gala Dinner in November.
How are winners and finalists announced?
Longlist finalists will be announced on Thursday, October 17 and the shortlist will be announced one month later, on Thursday, November 7. Please watch www.walkleys.com for further developments.
The Walkley Book Award winner will be announced as part of the festivities for the 58th annual Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism, held on Thursday, November 28, 2013 and broadcast nationally on SBS TV.
When do entries close?
There are two rounds of entries:
First round entries close: Friday, June 28 2013 at 5pm
Second round entries close: Friday, August 30 2013 at 5pm
Where can I get an entry form?
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Walkley website at www.walkleys.com
For further information about the Walkley Awards please contact Lauren Dixon at the Walkley Foundation on (02) 9333 0913 or email@example.com