Book of the Year Award

(Previously the Most Underrated Book Award)

SPN presents an annual award known as the ‘Small Press Network Book of the Year Award’. Any book released by an SPN member publisher in the previous calendar year is eligible.

‘We successfully ran the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) since 2012, but it was time for a change and refresh,’ says SPN general manager Tim Coronel.

For 2021, a new judging panel came on board: academic Alexandrea Dane, author Penni Russon, editor Jess Gately, and booksellers Marina Sano and Jing Xuan Teo. They read through over 70 entries to come up with a shortlist of six titles. We also recorded a podcast episode with three of the judges where they discuss the judging process.

The prize pool for 2021 increased to $5000 with Bibliotheca joining the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and  ArtsHub as sponsors.

The award was announced via Instagram Live as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Next Big Thing series on Friday 26 November. In a break from tradition, two books shared the Book of the Year award: Echoes by Shu-Ling Chua and We Are Speaking in Code by Tanya Vavrilova (Brio Books). Click here for more details on the winners.

Entries are now open for the 2022 BOTY award.

All SPN members are eligible to enter, and each member may enter up to five books. (Not a member? Request membership here.)

To enter a book you’ve published, complete the online entry form and mail four copies of the book to the address provided in the form. Both the completed entry form and the books must be received by 2 May 2022 for the book to be entered into the award. More detailed instructions can be found within the form.

For any further questions about the 2022 award, email us.





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