Ena Noël Award 2018

Press Release

Ena Noël Award 2018: THE IBBY AUSTRALIA ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD for a young emerging writer or illustrator

The panel of three judges is pleased to announce the winner is :

Will Kostakis for The Sidekicks  published by Penguin Random House

sidekickcoverWEBMeet the Sidekicks: a swimmer, a rebel and a nerd. Through the different relationship each shared with Isaac, they become more than these public personae.  Each young man deals with grief and the situation that forces them together to deal with Isaac’s untimely and suspect demise.  The relationships with each other and the people around them bring them to face difficult choices they need to make, the choices that free them to be the multi-dimensional people they truly are. These peripheral characters enhance but do not overwhelm the narrative. This intricately designed narration weaves the stories of  Ryan, Harley and Miles together. These characters scream silently out for help, and each finds strength or solace if in different places. Sidekicks concludes with Miles narrating an external film sequence.  The boys come together around the picnic table providing a new catalyst for the future, a future where they can remember and finally forget Isaac.

Will-Kostakis-pic-by-Walker-Rowseywebsize-1The Sidekicks is Will’s third novel for young adults, and American debut. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen, and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. It was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year and Australian Prime Minister’s Literary awards. As a high school student, Will won Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

The judges note it was  a pleasure to read such a broad and diverse selection of Australia’s emerging children’s and YA authors and illustrators and what an honour to select such a truly deserving book. Congratulations to Will Kostakis and the publishers.

The Ena Noël Award – to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators has been a significant identifier of talented authors and illustrators since inception in 1994. Thank you to all the publishers who entered creators of such a wide range of formats for this award.

Please see the link  for more details on previous recipients.

 

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ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR LITERATURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

MEDIA RELEASE

Entries for the Australian IBBY Encouragement Award for Children’s Literature, the Ena Noël Award are now open. Publishers are invited to submit entries for this prestigious Australian Children’s & Young Adult literature Award.

Books by Australian creators published in the two years prior to the particular closing date 30th November 2017 can be nominated by the publishers for the Ena Noël award. The nominated creator must be under the age of 35 at the time the title (or titles) for which they are nominated was published.

The Ena Noël Award – to encourage young emerging writers and illustrators has been a significant identifier of talented authors and illustrators since inception in 1994.
Please see the link  for more details on previous recipients. Information and entry forms for the award are available from the coordinator.

Contact:
Claire Stuckey coordinator
2017-2018 Ena Noël Award

Email: troislouise3@gmail.com
Phone : 0416061474

IBBY Australia Ena Noël Award 2016 Announced

IBBY Australia’s Ena Noël Award is an encouragement award for a young, emerging writer or illustrator. The panel of three judges is happy to announce that this year’s winner is: Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon (Allen & Unwin).

Year 9 student Clementine Darcy is finding life challenging. Her friends want her to diet and exercise more, to emulate fashion models; her brother has become a recluse and locks himself in his room; her mother is preoccupied with being a high profile lawyer; and her beloved older sister is not as perfect as Clementine had thought. And then there’s a new male student who is odd and secretive and somehow makes her question many assumptions.

Writing Clementine is a refreshing and multi-layered story about the lives of believable young people. Although set in North West Tasmania, it could be anywhere in regional or suburban Australia. Kate Gordon writes with insight, sensitivity and humour; her fluid style keeps the reader fully involved in Clementine’s story, as she deals with such
problems as female friendships and bullying, and enjoys embarking on new ventures—a burgeoning romance, and the world of steampunk. Clementine declares that she wants ‘to swim, not float like a dead fish’. Many readers will enjoy following her emergence as she learns to do just that.

See the press release for full details.

Entries invited for the Ena Noel Award 2016

IBBY Australia invites publishers to submit their entries for the Ena Noel Award 2016, the IBBY Australia encouragement award for literature for young people.

  • The writer or illustrator should be under 35 years of age in the year in which the work was published.
  • Only books published between 1st July 2013 and 30th June 2015 are eligible.
  • Three copies of the book must be submitted to the book coordinator.
  • The author or illustrator must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

For more information see the Ena Noel Award 2016 Information for Publishers.

Entries close on  30th November 2015.

Ena Noel 2010 Award Winner Announced!

This biennial award encourages a young Australian creator of childrens books and also keeps alive the name of  IBBY Australia’s first President, Ena Noel.  This year’s winner is “Scatterheart” by Lili Wilkinson (black dog books)

Each chapter of Hannah’s story begins with the tale of Scatterheart, a fairy tale version of her own search for happily ever after. In a novel that is an interesting mix of historical fiction, fantasy, adventure and melodrama, Wilkinson has created in Hannah a strong character undergoing a metamorphosis from the spoilt and self centred society miss to a resilient, resourceful and loyal young woman. Her descriptions of well researched settings are equally memorable, from the dank and dangerous prison cells to the harsh realities and privations of life aboard a prison ship and in the penal colony of New South Wales. The amalgam of styles and stories revealed in Scatterheart engages, informs and entertains and is indicative of Wilkinson’s versatility.

Such skill is worthy of encouragement in an emerging young writer. The judging panel congratulates Lili Wilkinson, recipient of the IBBY Australia Ena Noel encouragement award for literature for young people.