About the Awards

Organised by the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the prestigious annual Educational Publishing Awards reward excellence and innovation in the industry. The event offers colleagues and industry professionals the opportunity to network and celebrate achievements. Awards are judged by a panel of peers, and each year teachers and booksellers vote for the coveted Publisher of the Year award.

The Educational Publishing Awards Australia is the industry’s major annual awards event and provides publishers with the opportunity to showcase the very best educational publishing has to offer. Every year, for the 26 years the awards have been in existence, the quality of the entries is truly excellent, so to win or be short listed in any one of the categories is valued enormously by recipients. Lee Walker, Director, Schools Division, Oxford University Press and APA President 

The awards were co-founded in 1993 by the APA and Professor Mike Horsley.

The 27th Educational Publishing Awards will take place on Thursday, 3 September at The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne.  More information about the award categories and the criteria against which products are judged can be found below.

Entries for 2020 open Friday 1 May 2020.

Categories

PRIMARY

Primary: Reference Resource

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • A Reference Resource entry must be a product used as a true reference throughout a period of learning. It must not be a core classroom text, workbook or program based website.
  • If the Reference Resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • Any resource format may be entered, including a print resource, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).
  • Examples include dictionaries, subject based dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, English language handbooks (formats may vary).

Primary: Student Resource – Mathematics (Numeracy)

Primary: Student Resource – English (Literacy/Literature/Language)

Primary: Student Resource – Arts/Science/Humanities/Social Sciences/Technologies/Health and Physical Education/Languages

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • A resource entry may include student focused resources only, or a mixture of student and teacher resources (For teacher only resources, see the Teaching Resource category).
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple year levels
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • Any resource package may be entered, including a print resource such as a textbook or workbook, with or without a supporting teacher book, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).

Primary: Teaching Resource

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • A Teaching Resource entry is a product, product series or series component developed explicitly for educator use only.
  • A teaching resource entry may include works that support an educator’s professional learning or enables and supports the use of a published title or series.
  • Any resource format may be entered, including a print resource, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).
  • Examples include teacher reference books, teacher editions, professional learning books, black-line master books, website, app or CD/DVD that services educators only.

Primary Adaptations: Student or Teaching Resource

  • Resources can be for student or educator use.
  • Resources must be at least 25% authored in Australia.
  • Resources must be adapted primarily for use in Australian Primary school settings.
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple year levels.
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • Any resource package may be entered, including a print resource such as a textbook or workbook, with or without a supporting teacher book, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).

Primary: Educational Picture or Chapter Book

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must demonstrate the judging criteria of Educational rigour i.e. show curriculum alignment and capacity to assist with achievement of learning outcomes (as well as meeting the other judging criteria).
  • A resource entry may include student focused resources only, or a mixture of student and teacher resources (For teacher only resources, see the Teaching Resource category).
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple year levels
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • Any resource package may be entered, including a print resource such as a picture book or chapter book, with or without a supporting teacher book, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).
An overall winner for each sector (Primary, Secondary and TAFE/Vocational/Tertiary) will then be selected by the Chief Judge from the category winners. 

SECONDARY

Secondary: Reference Resource

  • A Reference Resource entry must be a product used as a true reference throughout a period of learning. It must not be a core classroom text, workbook or program based website.
  • Any resource format may be entered, including a print resource, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).
  • Examples include dictionaries, subject based dictionaries, thesauruses, atlases, English language handbooks (formats may vary).

Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – Mathematics/Science

Secondary: Student Resource – Junior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education

Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – Mathematics/Science

Secondary: Student Resource – Senior – English/Humanities/Languages/Arts/Technologies/Health and Physical Education

  • A resource entry may include student focused resources only, or a mixture of student and teacher resources (For teacher only resources, see the Teaching Resource category).
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple year levels.
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • Any resource package may be entered, including a print resource such as a textbook or workbook, with or without a supporting teacher book, a digital only resource (including but not limited to a website, CD/DVD or app, which may also include printable components), an enhanced eBook, or a blended learning resource (print and digital in any combination).

Secondary: Teaching Resource

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • A Teaching Resource entry is a product, product series or series component developed explicitly for educator use only. (i.e does not support an accompanying Student Resource).

VET and Tertiary

Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning – print or blended learning

Tertiary (Adaptations): Teaching and Learning – digital only

  • There must be at least 25% variation/adaptation in content from the original product and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be adapted primarily for use in Australian university/Tertiary educational settings
  • The award focus is on how the entire package of resources promotes student learning and engagement and provides teaching support for the educator to effect student learning outcomes.
  • A resource entry may include but is not limited to one or a combination of text, digital or a blended learning resource (print and digital) and should be entered into the appropriate category based on delivery. 
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple course levels.
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • If a digital resource is being submitted, please provide appropriate access for judges.

Tertiary (wholly Australian) 

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – print

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – blended learning

Tertiary (Wholly Australian): Teaching and Learning – digital only

  • Resources must be 100% authored in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in Australian university/Tertiary educational settings.
  • The award focus is on how the entire package of resources promotes student learning and engagement and provides teaching support for the educator to effect student learning outcomes.
  • A resource entry may include but is not limited to one or a combination of text, digital or a blended learning resource (print and digital) and should be entered into the appropriate category based on delivery. 
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple course levels.
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • If a digital resource is being submitted, please provide appropriate access for judges.

VET 

VET : Teaching and Learning –print or blended learning 

VET : Teaching and Learning – digital only

  • Resources must be at least 75% authored and 100% commissioned in Australia.
  • Resources must be designed primarily for use in the Australian VET sector 
  • The award focus is on how the entire package of resources promotes student learning and engagement and provides teaching support for the educator to effect student learning outcomes.
  • A resource entry may include but is not limited to one or a combination of text, digital or a blended learning resource (print and digital) and should be entered into the appropriate category based on delivery. 
  • A resource may include content and components for single or multiple course levels.
  • If the resource is part of a series it can only be entered in a single year.
  • If a digital resource is being submitted, please provide appropriate access for judges.

Scholarly Non-fiction

This award is for a work of scholarly non-fiction that is both accessible to a wide readership and which has had an impact on the Australian community.  The work is written or edited by an Australian author and is founded in scholarship and research. The work is demonstrably evidence-based though appropriate citations of a range of primary and secondary sources and has been recognised as excellent by the author’s peers. The book might present a narrative history, explain a complex topic of community relevance, tell  the stories of important individuals, encourage improved community outcomes including improved  health, analyse significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. The book’s accessibility is evident in the clarity of it’s writing style, its presentation and design. Indicators of the book’s accessibility and impact may be demonstrated by:

  • Sales in the Australian and global marketplace
  • Positive coverage of the book in general media
  • Positive coverage of the book in social media
  • Citations of the book in other literature
  • Influence on government policy (e.g. through citation in a white paper or mention in a political  speech)
  • Positive community outcomes
  • Enriched Australian culture in some demonstrable way
  • Demonstrable impact within its field.

Conditions of Entry

Please check the Conditions of Entry carefully prior to entering, and contact Gillian Haines (gillian.haines@publishers.asn.au) at the APA if you have any questions.

  • Materials must be developed primarily for use in Australian educational settings.
  • Material must be at least 75% authored and commissioned in Australia (except for the adaptation categories, where there is a minimum of 25% Australian content, and the Tertiary [wholly Australian] categories, where 100% Australian content is required).
  • Entries must have been published for the first time between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.
  • You may enter a complete series for consideration as long as: 
    • at least one component in the series has been published in the eligible year
    • none of the other components have been entered previously.
      For example, if you have a series for Years 7-10, and Years 7-9 published prior to 1 April 2019, but Year 10 published in May 2019, you may enter all four books as one entry, as long as you did not enter Years 7-9 for the 2020 awards.
    • You may also enter parts of series as standalone entries.
      For example, if you had entered Years 7-9 of your series in the 2019 awards, you may enter Year 10 for consideration on its own in the 2020 awards.
  • Digital Services/Platform entries are limited to new services or to the particular aspect of an existing service that has been substantially enhanced or added to in the 12 month eligibility period.
  • New editions: It is expected that new editions will have been substantially re-designed and contain new material. In your entry information for new editions please fully describe the extent of change in comparison to the previous edition. 
  • Due to the current situation we are not accepting physical copies of entries. You must provide a digital copy which is accessible to all judges. For example, a pdf version of the physical book. If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact Gillian at the APA
  • For a series, the judges’ advice from past years is to provide all components or at least a very good number to represent the full range of the series.
  • Payment must also be received by the close of entry date (Friday 29 May 2020) for your resources to be considered for judging. 
  • If a resource is entered in more than one category, each entry must be registered separately with a separate entry form, and will incur a separate entry fee. 
  • There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted from each publisher.
  • Please follow the instructions on the entry form to include any relevant logins and passwords for digital products. When a separate login and password is required for individual judges please provide eight. A suggested pathway with screenshots giving the judges an effective way to view and use the digital resource is essential. Onus is on the companies entering to provide accurate and usable login details and guiding information. Feedback from the judges in past years is that entrants do not take this requirement seriously enough with access issues and lack of guiding information impeding their ability to view digital entries in their best light. If possible, entrants should consider providing a video demonstration, e.g. a walkthrough key components of how a student or teacher might use the product.
  • Please be sure to supply all the requested additional items on the entry form.
  • Please address the judging criteria in your entry.
  • The Judging Panel reserves the right to: 
    • move a resource from the category in which it has been entered to a more appropriate category; 
    • rule on eligibility of any entry; 
    • elect not to  declare winners in some circumstances.
  • The decision of the judges is final. A change in category or a decision not to declare a winner may particularly apply in Primary where the number of entries in some categories can be very small.
  • In Primary, entries are invited for the seven categories listed and will then be sorted into a maximum of six categories by the organisers. This flexibility is required to cater for the unpredictable number of entries per category from year to year.
  • The Chief Judge reserves the right to withdraw an entry or an award on behalf of the APA if it is deemed ineligible, i.e. it does not meet the Conditions of Entry.

Judging Criteria

The entries will be judged according to the judging criteria so please address these in your entry information.

1 Publishing contribution

  • Excellence How does the resource raise the bar of excellence in content and method for furthering student understanding?
  • Innovation What innovation or creative approach to
    • the interpretation of curriculum for classroom practice: or 
    • the teaching and learning of the topic is evident?
  • Originality How does the resource differ in a positive sense from other resources already in the market?

2 Educational rigour

  • Curriculum Alignment for Primary, Secondary and VET How well does it meet the descriptors of a national or state curriculum and its educational outcomes?
  • Achievement of Learning Outcomes Does the resource support the achievement of improved learning outcomes?

 

3 Relevance, Cohesion and Suitability

  • Relevance Does the resource foster the use of 21st century learning techniques, content and technologies?
  • Cohesion Do the various components work together to improve teaching and learning in an effective way?
  • Suitability Does the resource make the most of the media in which it is published?

 

  1. Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Flexibility How well does the resource allow for a variety of learning opportunities? For example, can the student personalise or be creative with their work? 
  • Adaptability Can the resource be used independently, as a group or as a class?

5 Clarity, Design and Engagement

  • Clarity Does the writing demonstrate clarity, and is it aimed at the appropriate level for the target market?
  • Design Is the resource user friendly and well designed for ease of use?
  • Engagement Is the resource structured in a way that stimulates and engages learners?

Scholarly Non-Fiction Book of the Year Criteria

This is the first year this award is available so it is open to works published between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. 

This award is for a work of scholarly non-fiction that is both accessible to a wide readership and which has had an impact on the Australian community.  The work is written or edited by an Australian author and is founded in scholarship and research. The work is demonstrably evidence-based though appropriate citations of a range of primary and secondary sources and has been recognized as excellent by the author’s peers. The book might present a narrative history, explain a complex topic of community relevance, tell the stories of important individuals, encourage improved community outcomes including improved health, analyse significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. The book’s accessibility is evident in the clarity of its writing style, its presentation and design. Indicators of the book’s accessibility and impact may be demonstrated by:

  • Sales in the Australian and global marketplace   
  • Positive coverage of the book in general media  
  • Positive coverage of the book in social media  
  • Citations of the book in other literature  
  • Influence on government policy (e.g. through citation in a white paper or mention in a political speech)  
  • Positive community outcomes  
  • Enriched Australian culture in some demonstrable way  
  • Demonstrable impact within its field.

Any questions relating to this award should be sent to Gillian Haines via gillian.haines@publishers.asn.au