The Queensland Literary Awards recognise outstanding achievement by Australian writers.

Each category is assessed by a panel of independent judges, with a minimum of three judges assigned to each category. Judges are invited by the State Library of Queensland on a three-year term, and are subject to an internal vetting process. Panels are made up of a mix of authors, critics, academics, publishers, media professionals, editors, librarians, reviewers, teachers, arts organisation representatives, booksellers and journalists.

Members of the 2018 judging panels will be listed on this page from 31 May 2018.

What is the judging process?

  • The eligibility of all nominations will be checked by State Library of Queensland staff.
  • All eligible nominations will be forwarded to category specific judging panels for reading, shortlisting and the selection of winners in each category.
  • Judges will have eight weeks to read the nominations, assess the merit of the work, meet and discuss the nominations and decide on the finalists and winners.
  • Queensland Literary Awards recognise outstanding achievement by Australian writers. The judges will award the category prize to the nomination deemed to possess the highest literary merit.
  • The shortlists will be published on the QLA website in September 2018, and the winning entries will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2018.

Other judging information

  • Judges will disclose any actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest as soon as they become aware of them. The State Library of Queensland records all conflicts of interest, perceived, potential and actual. The conflict of interest is managed by the State Library and the panel chair and judges in accordance with the conflict of interest framework established by the Queensland Literary Awards Reference Group.
  • Judging panels may contact authors or nominators to request additional information if they feel it is required
  • Judges have the right to move a nomination to a different category if they deem the category to be more relevant.
  • The shortlist for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award will be selected by the judges from the eligible nominations in The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award and The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award categories. The winner of the award is determined by public vote.
  • The outcomes of the judging process are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into in regards to final award decisions or the judging process.
  • Queensland Literary Awards reserves the right not to award a prize in a category.