Current recipient: Erica Wagner

The 2017 Dromkeen Medal was awarded to Erica Wagner, publisher of Books for Children and Young Adults at Allen & Unwin, Melbourne.

One of Australia's most highly respected editors and publishers of children's and young adult literature, Erica is widely credited with helping to pioneer Young Adult fiction as a genre in Australia.

Erica's citation notes that her 'commitment to championing innovative creators has shaped and changed Australian children's publishing. For 30 years, she has nurtured the careers of many of Australia's most gifted writers and illustrators of young people's literature. Her ability to recognise talent and her courage in promoting new voices and innovative forms of story-telling sets a benchmark for dynamic publishing.

'When a publisher is bold enough to take risks on behalf of writers and illustrators, the benefits flow beyond the books, beyond the industry, and beyond the readers to enrich the whole of society.'

The panel described Erica as a ground-breaking and successful publisher; a patient and insightful mentor of editors; and a trusted advisor to her colleagues.