Q. How long ago can the book have been published?

A. Works must be published within four years of 1 January in the year the prize is being awarded (ie. for the 2022 Prize publication date must be no earlier than 1 January 2018).

Q. Are co-authored books eligible?

A. Yes, co-authored books are eligible; however, a majority of the authors must satisfy the eligibility criteria. (ie. they must be Australians or New Zealand citizens who are based in Australia or Asia; or citizens of an Asian country who are based in Australia or New Zealand).

Q. Are edited books eligible?

A. Sole-edited are eligible.

Q. Are books of poetry, collections of short stories and drama eligible?

A. Single-authored books of poetry, collections of short stories and drama are eligible.

Q. Are translated books eligible?

A. Yes, so long as the book and translator also satisfy other eligibility criteria.

Q. In reference to the eligibility of authors/translators who are citizens of Asian countries, what does ‘based in Australia/NZ’ mean?

A. The author/translator should be resident in Australia or New Zealand. In the case where there is more than one author/translator, a majority must fulfil this requirement in order to be eligible.

Q. Are Australian or New Zealand authors not currently based in Australia, New Zealand or Asia eligible?

A. Australians and New Zealanders who are based outside Australia and New Zealand at the time of nomination will only be eligible in cases where they have co-authored or co-edited books with colleagues resident in those countries.

Q. Are citizens of Asian counties who are currently living in Australia or New Zealand eligible?

A. Yes. The prize if open to Asian citizens who are resident in Australia or New Zealand at the time of nomination.

Q. Who can nominate books for the prize?

A. To ensure the quality and breadth of nominations the ASAA will form a Reid Prize Search Committee to put forward nominations. The committee will include the ASAA Prize representative, the President of the ASAA, and the presidents or nominees of affiliated sub-regional councils and associations.  Third party nominations are also accepted from current members of ASAA and NZASIA via the Prize Secretariat.

Q. Can I nominate my own book?

A. No. Books can only be nominated by members of the ASAA Search Committee (see below) OR by current members of the ASAA and NZASIA.

Q. Why can’t I nominate my own book?

A. This is the most prestigious prize of its kind for work on Asia from Australia and New Zealand. The independent nomination process is designed to ensure that the prize reflects the depth and breadth of high-quality talent and expertise across many disciplinary areas and literary and academic genres of writing within Australia and New Zealand. For more on the role of the Search Committee, see here.

Q. I am a member of the ASAA or NZASIA. Does that mean I can nominate my own book?

A. No. Books must be nominated by a third party.

Q. Can my publisher nominate my book?

A. No. However, publishers are welcome to send details of eligible books to the Prize Secretariat (jemma@unimelb.edu.au) for the consideration of the Search Committee.

Q. Who will judge my book?

A. The judging panel will include three eminent scholars reflecting a breadth of country and disciplinary expertise. The judges are appointed by the ASAA Executive.

Q. Is a book nominated for another ASAA prize in the same year or a previous year, eligible for the Reid Prize?

A. Yes.

Q. Who are Tony and Helen Reid?

A. Take a look here to read their short biographies.