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 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.
'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).
'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.
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 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.
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.
- Reading lists
- Centre for Youth Literature Strategic Plan 2014-16 / Annual report 2013
- Keeping Young Australians Reading Report (2009)