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Young Adult Fiction
Subcategory of Festival Awards for Literature (SA)
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  • Inaugurated in 2012.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2012

winner y separately published work icon All I Ever Wanted Vikki Wakefield , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2011 Z1767534 2011 single work novel young adult

'Mim knows what she wants, and where she wants to go — anywhere but home, stuck in the suburbs with her mother who won't get off the couch, and two brothers in prison. She's set herself rules to live by, but she's starting to break them.

'Now Mim has to retrieve a lost package for her mother.

'Does this make her a drug runner? Why is a monster dog called Gargoyle hidden in the back shed? And Jordan, the boy she sent Valentines to for years, why is he now suddenly a creep? How come there's a huge gap between her and her best friend, Tahnee? And who is the mysterious girl next door who moans at night?

'Over the nine days before her seventeenth birthday, Mim's life turns upside down. She has problems, and she's determined to solve them herself.

'But in the end, she works out who her people are, and the same things look entirely different.' (From the publisher's website.)

Works About this Award

Young at Heart 2013 single work column
— Appears in: Writing Queensland , April no. 228 2013; (p. 12-13)
Getting Creative to Reach Audience Craig Gamble , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 March 2013; (p. 5)
Winton's Teen Novel Has Some Knockers Tanya Chilcott , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 26 February 2013; (p. 9)
'Parents object to explicit school text'
From Tashi to Eternity Anna Fienberg , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 44 no. 4 2012; (p. 10-12)
'When children's author Anna Fienberg decided to write a novel for grown-ups, she discovered that leaving the world of young readers means starting from a cold clean slate.'
JK Rowling Twilight and ...Me Keith Austin , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 44 no. 4 2012; (p. 6-9)
'Keith Austin didn't just want to write a book for young adults. He wanted it to be something special, out of the box. Then years later, it's been published. here's what he learned...'