What is Aus YA?

Young Adult fiction (YA) refers to books written for teens and young adults, but the readership varies pretty widely. Plenty of 20-and-30-somethings like myself absolutely love it (and probably your mum!).

Australian or Aus YA is a rich tapestry of stories written by local authors. It tends to explore the Australian context and landscape through social, cultural, political, religious and historical lenses. However, the Australian-ness of these stories isn’t always obvious. Many of them are set in strange fantasy lands and eerie dystopian futures.

These days, Aus YA is a hugely varied and ever-expanding genre. It continues to push boundaries, with Aussie authors delving into new and experimental forms, writing styles and themes, and receiving international acclaim for their work. 

Happily, more and more Aus YA authors hail from diverse backgrounds, supported by the #LoveOzYA, #QueerAusYA and #WeNeedDiverseBooks literary movements. To find out more about diverse books and queer Aus YA, I highly recommended checking out the great resources on the #LoveOzYA and Get YA Words Out websites.