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Literary awards go digital

Following the federal and state governments’ bans on mass gatherings in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, organisers of literary awards are turning to live-streaming their ceremonies to replace their scheduled in-person events.

Books+Publishing will continue to update this list as more digital awards ceremonies are announced. Please email to add your event to the list (please note we’ll only be including major events that have national significance; we unfortunately don’t have the resources to maintain a list of local events at this time).

CBCA Book of the Year 2020 shortlist

The shortlist for the CBCA Book of the Year 2020 will be announced via a live-stream on the CBCA’s YouTube page at midday on 31 March.

The shortlists are to be chosen from the CBCA’s Notable Books for 2020. More details about the event are to be announced. 

The Stella Prize 

The Stella Prize website will host a live-stream of the 2020 winner announcement from 8pm on Tuesday, 14 April.

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, the event will feature former PM Julia Gillard as guest speaker, while judging panel chair Louise Swinn will speak on the evolution of the national writing culture. Other speakers are yet to be announced.

The winning author, to be chosen from a shortlist of six, receives $50,000.


This year’s Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) will be held as an online streaming event at 4pm on 13 May. Casey Bennetto will host the virtual awards ceremony, which will be open to everyone.

Longlists for the ABIAs were announced earlier this month, and the shortlist will be announced on 28 April alongside the Hall of Fame, Rising Star and Pixie O’Harris awards.

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