Centre for Youth Literature

The Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) helps connect Australian teenagers with books, stories, writing – and each other.

We run friendly events and digital programs with young adults and industry professionals: teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, illustrators and writers.

Reading Matters

Reading Matters is Australia’s leading youth literature program. Share ideas with colleagues from across the country, find inspiration in outstanding talent and mull over the thorny ethical issues facing teenage readers today.

Inky Awards

'Adult prizes are judged by adults; young adult prizes should be judged by young adults.'
– Lily, age 14, Inky Awards 2013 judge

Australia's annual awards for new youth literature, the Inky Awards are decided by young adults. We run a year-long program of events and celebrations, featuring:

  • a mentorship program for teen judges
  • an exciting array of longlisted books
  • a quality shortlist of 10 Australian and international books – see the 2016 shortlist
  • a public vote by teen readers
  • the Inky Awards ceremony, held at State Library Victoria.

The 2016 winners were Illuminae by Australian authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Gold Inky) and I'll give you the sun by the US author Jandy Nelson (Silver Inky).

Inside a dog

'Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read.'
– Groucho Marx

A safe space for teenagers to talk together about books and stories, our popular and fun Inside a dog website is Australia's peer book-reviewing site for young people.

Meet the writers

Digital writer in residence

Chat with published writers and illustrators, as each month our resident reveals the secrets of their creative processes.

Teen writer in residence

Read the monthly Writer in Residence column, and gain insights into a teen author's thoughts about writing and reading.

Professional development programs

Shift alt story: an introduction to storytelling

Shift alt story is a new online course focusing on storytelling in a digital age. Designed as an introduction for professionals working with young adults, it is an interactive online learning community.

2017 YA showcase

Hear directly from the publishers of youth literature at this showcase event to be held at the Library on 6 December. Highlights from the year are shared alongside publishers' most anticipated titles for the forthcoming year.

Public and school library networks

We regularly present on youth literature trends, recommendations and innovations at conferences and for partner organisations' development programs.


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