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.

State Library Victoria is a Child Safe Organisation. Learn more about how we are working to ensure the wellbeing of children visiting the Library.

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.

Story Camp

Story Camp is a free four-hour workshop (including lunch and transport) held over three days at State Library Victoria for young people from eligible schools in Greater Melbourne. Story Camp will be held on 10–12 April, 3–5 July and 24, 26 and 27 September 2018.

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 judgesapplications are now open! (closing 28 Feb)
  • an exciting array of longlisted books – the longlist and judges are announced in March
  • a quality shortlist of 10 Australian and international books – the shortlist is announced in July
  • a public vote by teen readers – voting runs from July to August
  • the Inky Awards ceremony – held at State Library Victoria in September.

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, writing and culture, our popular and fun Inside a Dog website is Australia's peer book-reviewing site for young people.

Professional development programs

Shift alt story: an introduction to storytelling

Shift alt story is an 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.

YA showcase

At this annual event, publishers of youth literature share highlights from the year, alongside their most anticipated forthcoming titles for the year ahead.

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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