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15 March 2017

Queensland Literary Awards welcomes innovative digital literature prize in 2017

The Queensland Literary Awards today welcomes a new prize in 2017, celebrating digital literature in all forms.

Showcasing narrative innovation and new practice in contemporary literature by Australian writers, the QUT Digital Literature Award is an exciting new award that supports Queensland’s continued growth in the digital space.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the addition of a new digital literature award to the Queensland Literary Awards, which recognise outstanding writers, celebrate our stories and foster the next generation of writing talent across all literary genres and platforms.

“This new award recognises that increasingly our stories are not only told through the printed page, but are also published digitally, and read on our screens and devices.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch highlighted the importance of the award in showcasing innovation in publishing.

“Queensland is one of the global centres of innovation in digital writing and publishing, making this new prize a perfect addition to the major literary awards of our state,” Ms Enoch said.

“Digital media has given rise to new ways of telling stories and new devices through which readers can explore and fall in love with literature.”

State Librarian and CEO Vicki McDonald said State Library of Queensland is proud to present the Queensland Literary Awards, and thanked the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for its generous sponsorship of this new award.

“Through QUT’s support, a cash prize of $10,000 has established the QUT Digital Literature Award as the world’s richest digital literary prize,” Ms McDonald said.

“In an increasingly digital world, State Library is focussed on enabling and supporting access to Queensland’s important stories of fact and fiction, both online as well as through the physical artefact.

“The QUT Digital Literature Award was established by State Library of Queensland to acknowledge contemporary publishing and digital innovation in storytelling.

“The Queensland Literary Awards demonstrate the strength of writing and publishing in Australia, and help to uncover and recognise the depth of creative talent we nurture here in Queensland.

“Queensland has always been home to a vibrant and passionate literary community and we are proud to continue supporting writing, publishing and reading, both in print and online,” Ms McDonald said.

The new annual award was announced today as part of the 2017 program for the Queensland Literary Awards, which will open for entries on 1 April.

The Queensland Literary Awards are presented by State Library of Queensland, and offer prizes for writers in thirteen categories across fiction, non-fiction and poetry for published and unpublished work.

The Queensland Literary Awards are supported by the Queensland Government, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, The University of Southern Queensland, QUT, Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

Full guidelines and entry details for all categories of the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards, including the new award, are available now at qldliteraryawards.org.au/about/guidelines. Entries open at 9am on Saturday 1 April.

Media contact
Shahedah Sabdia
communications@slq.qld.gov.au | 07 3842 9084

9 September 2016

2016 Queensland Literary Awards finalists announced

59 authors have been shortlisted across 12 categories as the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards recognises the achievements of Australian writers.

State Library of Queensland supports and champions the Queensland Literary Awards in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas and celebrating the incredible strength and diversity in Australian writing talent.

State Librarian and CEO, Ms Vicki McDonald today announced the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) shortlists.

“From well-known authors such as Matthew Condon and Tim Winton, to talented debut novelists like Sonja Dechian, the Queensland Literary Awards continue to highlight the high calibre of literature across Australia,” Ms McDonald said.

“With such a rich field of nominations across all the 2016 QLA categories, I thank the judges for what could only have been an extremely challenging task in determining the shortlists.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Literary Awards recognised outstanding writers, celebrated Queensland stories and fostered the next generation of writing talent.

“Last year, my Government reinstated funding for these prestigious awards and also established two new awards, one for a work of State significance and the Young Publishers and Writers Awards, to recognise important Queensland voices,” the Premier said.

“In 2016, the Queensland Government continues to match the sponsor and partnership funding in ten award categories with the aim to expand the awards and attract additional sponsors.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the power of seeing Australian life represented in the books we read cannot be overstated.

“These are our stories,” Ms Enoch said. “They lay bare every aspect of contemporary Australian life, help us to understand our history and set the path forward for our future.”

In addition to the 12 categories of the Queensland Literary Awards, three Queensland Writers Fellowships will be awarded to provide support for Queensland authors in developing their work for publication.

Queensland readers have the power to pick the winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year category. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted book before Thursday 29 September 2016 by visiting qldliteraryawards.org.au.

In announcing the shortlists, Ms McDonald said the continued support for the Queensland Literary Awards from authors, booksellers, publishers and the literary community was outstanding.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms McDonald said.

The award winners and fellowship recipients will be announced at a special awards ceremony held at State Library of Queensland on 5 October.

The shortlists can be found at qldliteraryawards.org.au.

The 2016 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

2016 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Published Work of State Significance ($25,000)

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick & Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matthew Condon
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • The Long Goodbye, P.J. Parker
  • Not Just Black and White, Lesley and Tammy Williams

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards ($10,000*)

  • Emily Craven
  • Sam George-Allen
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Michelle Law
  • Andrew McMillen

*Winners of this award also receive $2,500 each worth of professional development

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Ghost River, Tony Birch
  • Between a Wolf and A Dog, Georgia Blain
  • The Midnight Watch, David Dyer
  • One, Patrick Holland
  • The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Madeline Gleeson
  • Talking to My Country, Stan Grant
  • Second Half First, Drusilla Modjeska
  • Island Home, Tim Winton
  • Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, Fiona Wright

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)

  • The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis
  • Dreaming the Enemy, David Metzenthen
  • The Stars at October Bend, Glenda Millard
  • One Thousand Hills, James Roy and Noël Zihabamwe
  • One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn

Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)

  • Suri’s Wall, Lucy Estela & Matt Ottley
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, Bob Graham
  • Incredibilia, Libby Hathorn & Gaye Chapman
  • KidGlovz, Julie Hunt & Dale Newman
  • Me, Teddy, Chris McKimmie

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)

  • Armenia, Australia and the Great War, Vicken Babkenien & Peter Stanley
  • Australia’s Boldest Experiment, Stuart Macintyre
  • The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, Julia Martinez and Adrian Vickers
  • Unseen Anzac, Jeff Maynard
  • The oldest foods on earth, John Newton
  • Gay Sydney, Garry Wotherspoon

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)

  • Six Bedrooms, Tegan Bennett Daylight
  • An Astronaut’s Life, Sonja Dechian
  • A Few Days in the Country and other stories, Elizabeth Harrower
  • Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh
  • The High Places, Fiona McFarlane

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)

  • Year of the Wasp, Joel Deane
  • Content, Liam Ferney
  • The Hazards, Sarah Holland-Batt
  • The Anatomy of Voice, David Musgrave
  • Not Fox Nor Axe, Chloe Wilson

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award ($10,000)

  • Dancing Home, Paul Collis
  • Song of Jessica, B.A. Quakawoot
  • 67 Days, Yvonne Weldon

Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award ($10,000*)

  • The Boatman, H.E. Crampton
  • The Elements, Laura Elvery

*Finalists of this award receive $3,000 each worth of editorial development, sponsored by Claire Booth

The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick and Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matt Condon
  • Day Boy, Trent Jamieson
  • The Landing, Susan Johnson
  • Swimming Home, Mary-Rose MacColl
  • The Promise Seed, Cass Moriarty
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • Dying: A Memoir, Cory Taylor (non-fiction)

The winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award is determined by public vote, which is open from Friday 26 August and closes Monday 26 September 2016. Readers can vote at qldliteraryawards.org.au

30 May 2016

Awards deadline looms for Australia’s finest writers – only a few days to go

Authors have just four days to nominate for the prestigious 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, which close on 3 June 2016.

The QLAs recognise the literary achievements of Queensland and Australian writers, celebrating and promoting contemporary Australian writing. Awards are presented in a range of categories and include development awards and mentorship prizes for young and emerging writers.

State Library of Queensland’s Manager for Reading & Writing, Kate Eltham said, programs such as the QLA showcase the depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.

“These awards create critical opportunities and recognition for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the creative industries. Authors will gain invaluable exposure to a judging panel of experts from the writing, publishing and journalism sectors.”

“We’ve seen the Awards continue to attract the highest calibre of literature across Australia, such as works by distinguished and highly celebrated authors Joan London and J.M. Coetzee, as well as the talents of debut authors like Ellen van Neerven,” she said.

The QLA play an important role in discovering local Australian writers and sharing their work with international audiences.

“Apart from the awards open to all Australians, we also offer two exclusive award categories for Queensland writers; two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, and the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Awards. Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000, are also awarded to three Queensland writers each year for professional development,” Kate said.

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3 June 2016 and nomination forms and further information can be found at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2016.

State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas, and pays tribute to the many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards. Key QLA partners include the Queensland Government, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

Media enquiries:
Julie Fullerton, SLQ Communications
0467 55 00 29 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the following categories:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards x 2 , each to the value of $12 500
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)
    * Queensland Writers Fellowships x 3, each to the value of $15,000

Past - 2015 Queensland Literary Award Winners

QLA winners 2015

2015 QLA winners from left to right: Carolyn Holbrook, John Larkin, Elizabeth Kasmer, Meg McKinlay, Rebecca Jessen, Andrew Booth, Libby Connors, John Ahern and Joan London.

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance: Warrior by Libby Connors
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award: The Golden Age by Joan London
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award: The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award: The Pause by John Larkin
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award: A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award: ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography by Carolyn Holbrook
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award: Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Waiting for the Past by Les Murray
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award: The First Octoroon or Report of an Experimental Child by Andrew Booth
  • Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award: Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards: Megan McGrath, Rebecca Jessen
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: On the Road… with Kids by John Ahern
  • Queensland Writers Fellowships - Inga Simpson, Krissy Kneen and Karen Foxlee

26 April 2016

Queensland Literary  Awards open for nominations to celebrate home grown writing talent

Australian authors are encouraged to nominate for the 2016  Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy  Leeanne Enoch said programs such as the Queensland Literary Awards showcase the  depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.

“As a former English teacher and an avid reader, I’m  thrilled to see the vibrancy of our state’s literary talent,” Ms Enoch said.

“State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a  culture of reading, writing and ideas in Queensland – something that is  critical to driving an innovative and inclusive community.

“Through hosting these awards, State Library is creating opportunities  for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the  creative industries.

“The QLA play an important role in discovering local writers  and sharing their work with international audiences.”

CEO and State Librarian Mrs Sonia Cooper paid tribute to the  many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards.

“We are grateful to have the continued support of key QLA  partners including The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the  University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited  Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Mrs Cooper said.

Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the  following categories:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State  Significance ($25,000)
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award  ($10,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book  Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award  ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award  ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book  Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian  Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection –  Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon  Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of  Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award  (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book  of the Year Award ($10,000)

The Awards also encompass the Queensland Writers  Fellowships, worth $15,000, awarded to three Queensland writers each year for  professional development.

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3  June 2016. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

For more information about the Queensland Literary Awards  and Queensland Writers Fellowships or to access nomination forms, see www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

Media enquiries:
Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | kate.allen@slq.qld.gov.au


9 October 2015

Premier names winners of 2015 Queensland Literary Awards

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the winners of new literary awards supported by the Queensland Government at tonight’s presentation at State Library of Queensland.

“This year my government reinstated support for the Queensland Literary Awards, matching the sponsorship and funding of ten awards and establishing new awards,” the Premier said.

“Tonight we see the results of that decision – the celebration of talented voices telling Queensland stories.

“The winner of the $25 000 Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance is Warrior, by Libby Connors, for the dramatic story of young Aboriginal leader Dundalli and his life on the colonial frontier set against a portrait of early Brisbane.

“This award recognises writing with a Queensland focus, celebrating important Queensland authors, stories, history and voices and the judges’ decision to award Warrior was unanimous,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The winners of the two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards for writers aged 18-30, each to the value of $12 500, are Megan McGrath, who was raised on North Stradbroke Island and Toowoomba-based Rebecca Jessen.

The prize includes career development support from Queensland Writers Centre, to help foster the next generation of Queensland writers.

The three $20,000 Queensland Writers’ Fellowships go to Sunshine Coast-based Inga Simpson, Brisbane writer Krissy Kneen and Karen Foxlee, who lives in Gympie.

“These writers will use their fellowships to develop a manuscript or writing project towards publication by the end of 2016,” the Premier said.

The Premier applauded the QLA organisers, sponsors and publishers who kept the awards alive when the previous governments stripped funding.

“Congratulations to all involved for refusing to let Queensland voices be silenced, for maintaining a fine tradition of recognising our literary talent,” she said.

In 2015, the Queensland Literary Awards, administered by State Library of Queensland, awarded writers in twelve categories across fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.

The Queensland Literary Awards are supported through the Queensland Government, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

For a complete list of winners see 2015 Queensland Literary Award winners.

Media enquiries

Cinnamon Watson | Cinnamon Watson Publicity | 0432 219 643 | cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

Photos available upon request.


11 September 2015

2015 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist announcement

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlists for the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), highlighting the incredible strength and diversity in Australian writing talent.

The QLA is a community driven awards program, managed by State Library of Queensland, which nurtures and celebrates the talent and achievement of Australian writers. This year 58 authors have been shortlisted across 12 categories.

In releasing the shortlists, Ms Wright said the continued support for the QLA from authors, sponsors, publishers and the literary community had been exceptional.

“From distinguished and highly celebrated authors such as Joan London and J.M. Coetzee, to talented debut authors like Ellen van Neerven, the Queensland Literary Awards continue to attract the highest calibre of literature across Australia,” Ms Wright said.

“The judges, across all categories, have had an extremely challenging task short listing from such a rich field of nominations and I thank them for their work."

“We are grateful for the continued support of key QLA partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” she said.

Minister for Science and Innovation Leeanne Enoch said the QLA were an integral part of Australia’s literary scene.

“They are a true celebration of our stories: the stories of young Australians, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, of urban and regional Australians,” Ms Enoch said.

In addition to the QLA, three Queensland Writers Fellowships will provide support for Queensland authors to develop their work for publication.

Readers have the power to pick the winner of the popular The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year category. Members of the public can vote online atqldliteraryawards.org.auuntil 18 September.

The award winners and fellowship recipients will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held in October.

The shortlists can be found at qldliteraryawards.org.au

The 2015 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by University of Queensland Press)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year


Media enquiries
Cinnamon Watson | Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643 |cinn@cinnamonwatsonpublicity.com.au

2015 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance

  • Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven (University of Queensland Press)
  • Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar by Zoe Boccabella (Harper Collins Publishers)
  • Queensland; Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask by Mark Bahnisch (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival by Anna Bligh (Harper Collins Publishers)
  • Warrior by Libby Connors (Allen & Unwin)

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

  • A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey (Black Inc.)
  • The Golden Age by Joan London (Random House Australia)
  • The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw (Text Publishing)
  • The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox (Allen & Unwin)
  • To Name Those Lost by Rohan Wilson (Allen & Unwin)

University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award

  • Mannix by Brenda Niall (Text Publishing)
  • The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson (Penguin)
  • The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism by Anne Manne (Melbourne University Press)
  • The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb (Random House Australia)
  • Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather by Karen Lamb (University of Queensland Press)


Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

  • Are you Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (Random House Australia)
  • Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Minnow by Diana Sweeney (Text Publishing)
  • The Pause by John Larkin (Random House Australia)
  • Vanishing Point by Jeri Kroll (Puncher and Wattman)


Griffith University Children's Book Award

  • A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)
  • Figgy in the World by Tamsin Janu (Omnibus Books)
  • Lucky by David Mackintosh (Harper Collins Publishers)
  • New Boy by Nick Earls (Penguin)
  • Teacup by Rebecca Young & Matt Ottley (Scholastic Australia)


University of Southern Queensland History Book Award

  • ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography by Carolyn Holbrook (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture by Angela Woollacott (Oxford University Press)
  • The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally (Black Inc.)
  • Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia by Agnieszka Sobocinska (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy by Sophie Cunningham (Text Publishing)


University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award

  • Arms Race and Other Stories by Nic Low (Text Publishing)
  • Bapo by Nick Jose (Giramondo)
  • Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven (University of Queensland Press)
  • Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas (Allen & Unwin)
  • Three Stories by J.M. Coetzee (Text Publishing)


State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award

  • Beds For All Who Come by Susan Bradley Smith (Five Islands Press)
  • Net Needle by Robert Adamson (Black Inc.)
  • Open House by David Brooks (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Guardians by Lucy Dougan (Giramondo)
  • Waiting for the Past by Les Murray (Black Inc.)


Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award

  • The First Octoroon or Report of an Experimental Child by Andrew Booth
  • Social Consciousness Series by Mayrah Yarraga Dreise
  • A Question of Colour by Patricia Lees with Adam C. Lees


Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award

  • Araluen by Imogen Smith
  • Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer
  • Sargasso by K W George
  • Wool Spin Burn by Kate Elkington


Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards

  • Andrew McMillan
  • Megan McGrath
  • Michelle Law
  • Rebecca Jessen
  • Sam George-Allen

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award

  • Analogue Men by Nick Earls (Random House Australia)
  • From Convict to Politician by Mary Lou Simpson (Boolarong Press)
  • Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar by Zoe Boccabella (Harper Collins Publishers)
  • Navigatio by Patrick Holland (Transit Lounge Publishing)
  • Nest by Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)
  • On the Road… With Kids by John Ahern (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Ash Burner by Kari Gislason (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay by David Murray (Random House Australia)

17 August 2015

What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

Voting is now open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlist for the competition, which features popular local authors Nick Earls and Kari Gislason, and opened voting to the public to decide who will take out the $10,000 prize.

“The People’s Choice award is a key category in the Queensland Literary Awards, celebrating great writing by local authors and giving readers the power to decide the winner,” said Ms Wright.

“The incredible diversity of Queensland writing talent is highlighted in the 2015 shortlist which includes crime reporting, family memoir, and some inspiring and creative new fiction.

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. It is wonderful to have the support of The Courier-Mail for this award where readers become the judging panel,” she said.

The Courier-Mail editor Christopher Dore said the shortlisted titles showed the diversity and richness of content being produced by Queensland authors.

"This award is a great way for Queenslanders to show their support for local authors. The winner will join a prestigious group of previous recipients including surgeon Kellee Slater and internationally renowned writer Kate Morton,” Mr Dore said.

Patrick Holland, one of the nominated authors, received a Queensland Writers Fellowship in 2013, and won the Emerging Queensland Author – Manuscript Award in 2005. This is testament to how important competitions like these are to supporting, nurturing and developing local writing talent.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted book at the Queensland Literary Awards website qldliteraryawards.org.au until 18 September.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony in October.

In 2015 the Queensland government is providing funding of $5,000 to match the $5,000 sponsorship for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year for a total prize of $10,000.


The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award Shortlist 2015

  • Analogue Men, Nick Earls (Random House Australia)
  • Navigatio, Patrick Holland (Transit Lounge Publishing)
  • Nest, Inga Simpson (Hachette Australia)
  • The Ash Burner, Kari Gislason (UQP)
  • Joe's Fruit Shop and Milk Bar, Zoe Boccabella (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • On the Road…. With Kids, John Ahern (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Murder of Allison Baden-Clay, David Murray (Random House Australia)
  • From Convict to Politician, Mary Lou  Simpson (Boolarong Press)


Media enquiries
Stephanie Birch, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7784 |stephanie.birch@slq.qld.gov.au

13 May 2015

New chapter for Queensland Literary Awards

--Ministerial Release--

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the Queensland Government would once again support the state's literary awards, taking the prize pool up to $300,000.

The Palaszczuk government will also fund three new awards for new and established Queensland voices.

"The prestigious Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, established in 1999, were axed in one of the first moves by Campbell Newman's former government," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"That move was condemned not only by the Queensland literary community but across the country.

"But the community proved that is voice would not be silenced and, in a massive groundswell of support, worked tirelessly to establish the Queensland Literary Awards.

"I applaud the ongoing efforts of the grassroots organisers, sponsors, publishers and supporters who carried the torch to ensure Queensland's tradition of recognising writing across many genres would continue."

In a new era, the Palaszczuk government will match the sponsor and partnership funding of the Queensland Literary Awards up to $125,000, providing an opportunity to welcome new sponsors and grow the awards.

This funding has the potential to grow the prize pool to $300,000 annually.

"I will also establish brand new awards. The $25,000 Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards, each to the value of $12,500, for Queensland writers aged 18-30.

"These two awards are for young Queensland writers who provide strong voices in traditional or contemporary forms," the Premier said.

The Palaszczuk Government will also continue to support three Queensland Writers Fellowships, each to the value of $20,000, to provide writers with an opportunity to develop their manuscripts.

In 2015, the Queensland Literary Awards, administered by the State Library of Queensland, offers prizes for writers in ten categories across fiction, non-fiction and poetry for published and unpublished work, while readers will have the power to pick a winner through the popular The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.

The Premier acknowledged the support of Queensland Literary Awards partners: University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

"Funding the literary awards is the next step in taking the arts back to its rightful place, where Queensland is an arts leader," the Premier said.

Entries for the Queensland Literary Awards are now open and close on 19 June.

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8 December 2014

Queensland Literary Awards announced at State Library

The Queensland Literary Awards winners were tonight announced at State Library of Queensland, honouring talented Australian writers.

The distinguished list of winners saw many of Australia’s renowned and much loved authors recognised alongside debut and up-and-coming writers.

Winners Richard Flanagan, Paul Ham, David Malouf, Joan Beaumont, Ceridwen Dovey, Jaclyn Moriarty, Shaun Tan, Jackie French, Kellee Slater, Cathy McLennan, and Lesley and Tammy Williams were presented with their awards at a ceremony held at State Library.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the Queensland Literary Awards were a testament to the passion for writing and literature in our community.

“The Awards have grown out of community support and a great love of literature,” said Ms Wright. “We are grateful for the continued goodwill for the Awards and would like to thank and acknowledge the exceptional support of our key award partners the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the University of Queensland Press and the Queensland Writers Centre.”

Chair of the Queensland Literary Awards Dr Stuart Glover said this year the judges had narrowed down an impressive list of 450 books and manuscripts to just 11 winners across ten categories.

“These books, the winners, and the notable shortlists, remind us of the diverse things that books can do and the invention and creativity with which writers undertake their work.  The awards acknowledge the quality of contemporary writing and point readers towards works that might be of interest to them or important in helping us to think about who we are as a community,” said Dr Glover.

“For some books, like Paul Ham’s 1914: The Year the World Ended, winner of the non-fiction prize, the politics and ideas are on the surface. Ham tells the always relevant story about how political hubris dragged us into the Great War 100 years ago. In others, like Jaclyn Moriarty’s The Cracks in the Kingdom, which took out the Young Adult Prize, the writing is playful and literally fantastic. But underneath the fascinating tale of characters caught between a real and an imagined world is an exploration of our hopes for the unity of our families.  Among the winners we see a sweep of ideas. David Malouf’s poetry collection Earth Hour examines the planet and people and space at a precarious moment in its history. These are works of labour and imagination,” he said.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, winner of the Fiction Book prize, is a novel of abundant range and depth that will undoubtedly become regarded as one of the great works of Australian literature. It has already been recognised internationally — winning the Booker prize earlier this year.
The strength of Australian writing for children is highlighted this year in the exceptional quality of the shortlist. In awarding joint winners the panel acknowledged that whilst very different books both Refuge by Jackie French and Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan are truly outstanding works offering children and adults alike a profound literary experience capable of changing hearts and minds,” said Dr Glover.


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Queensland Literary Award Winners 2014

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award:
1914: The Year the World Ended by Paul Ham

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award:
Broken Nation by Joan Beaumont

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award:
Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award:
Earth Hour by David Malouf

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award:
The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty

Griffith University Children's Book Award:
Joint winners:
Refuge by Jackie French
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award:
We Come From Saltwater People by Cathy McLennan

Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award:
It’s Not Just Black and White by Lesley & Tammy Williams

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year
How to do a liver transplant: Stories from my surgical life by Kellee Slater
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18 November 2014

2014 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists announcement

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlists for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards.

In releasing the shortlists Ms Wright said, “The continued support for the Queensland Literary Awards from authors, publishers, sponsors and the literary community has been exceptional. We thank and acknowledge the support of our key award partners the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund, The Courier-Mail, the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the University of Southern Queensland. It has been inspiring and encouraging to see many of Australia’s distinguished and much loved authors represented alongside debut authors. The judges, across all categories, have had an extremely challenging task short listing from such a rich field of nominations and I thank them for their work."

The high calibre of entries has again highlighted the strength of Australian writing and publishing with a number of smaller independent presses/publishers alongside the major publishing houses.
In addition to the Queensland Literary Awards, three Queensland Writers Fellowships and the inaugural Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship will provide support for Queensland authors to develop their work for publication.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said the Queensland Government was supporting four fellowships to create opportunities for the next generation of writing heavyweights.
“The awards night will see three $15,000 Queensland Writers Fellowships presented, along with the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship worth $10,000 for a Queensland writer under 30 years old,” Mr Walker said.
“These awards mean more Queensland writers can pursue a literary career, develop manuscripts for publication, and tell their stories to a national audience.”

The award winners and recipients of the fellowships will be announced at a special awards ceremony to be held on Monday 8 December 2014.

The shortlists can be found at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

2014 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year


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28 October 2014

What’s your Queensland Book of the Year?

Voting is now open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year as part of the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards program.

State Librarian Janette Wright today announced the shortlist for the competition, which features popular local authors Frances Whiting, Matthew Condon and T. M. Clark, and opened voting to the public to decide who will take out the $5,000 prize.

“The People’s Choice award is a key category in the Queensland Literary Awards, celebrating great writing by local authors and giving readers the power to decide the winner,” said Ms Wright.

“The incredible diversity of Queensland writing talent is highlighted in the 2014 shortlist which includes romance, crime, outstanding journalistic enquiry, memoir and surprisingly, even instructions on how to do a liver transplant."

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. It is wonderful to have the support of The Courier-Mail for this award where readers become the judging panel,” she said.

The Courier-Mail editor Christopher Dore said The Courier-Mail has a proud tradition of supporting literature in Queensland.

“I encourage all readers to go online and vote for their Queensland book of the year,” said Mr Dore.

Catherine Titasey won the Queensland Literary Awards Emerging Queensland Author in 2012 for her manuscript which has now been nominated for the People’s Choice award. This is testament to how important competitions like these are to supporting, nurturing and developing local writing talent.

Members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlisted book at the Queensland Literary Awards website http://qldliteraryawards.org.au until 21 November.

The winner will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards ceremony in December.

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
Shortlist 2014

  • My Brother–But–One, T. M. Clark (Harlequin Mira)
  • Walking on Trampolines, Frances Whiting (Pan Macmillan)
  • My Island Homicide, Catherine Titasey (UQP)
  • Atomic City, Sally Breen (Harper Collins)
  • Jacks and Jokers, Matthew Condon (UQP)
  • Lingering Doubts: Going Inside Brisbane's Arcade Murder, Deb Drummond and Janice Teunis (Copyright Publishing)
  • How to do a liver transplant: Stories from my surgical life, Kellee Slater (NewSouth Books)
  • The Power of Bones, Keelen Mailman (Allen and Unwin)

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19 Aug 2014

A new chapter for Queensland Literary Awards

Entries are now open for the 2014 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) under a new arrangement which sees State Library of Queensland take leadership of the program.

QLA is a community driven awards program which nurtures and celebrates the talent and achievements of Australian writers.

State Librarian Janette Wright said that State Library will collaborate with the QLA Committee and supporting partners to continue the work of the awards program in its third year.

“Whilst State Library will take a leadership role in managing the QLA program, we will continue the collaborative model established through the hard work and dedication of the QLA Committee, volunteers, partners and supporting community members over the past two years.”

“We are excited to have the continued support of key QLA partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms Wright said.

“The Queensland Literary Awards complement our existing awards programs – the Young Writers Award and the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships and Indigenous Editing Mentorships.”

“Queenslanders are avid readers and writers, with 84% of people reading or engaging in some form of creative writing. State Library is delighted to play a role in not only nurturing this interest throughout the state, but also applauding those who excel at writing through this prestigious awards program.”

“Programs such as the QLA are key in drawing out our most unique and captivating literary voices, and sharing them with the world. We’re excited to see what this year’s entries will produce,” Ms Wright said.

Arts Minister Ian Walker said aspiring Queensland writers could also apply for a new $10,000 Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship or one of three 2014 Queensland Writers Fellowships worth $15,000 each.

“The aim of these fellowships is to discover and encourage new writing talent,” Mr Walker said. “The Premier’s fellowship is specifically for young Queensland writers under 30, to help young talent find their feet.  We want to provide opportunities for talented Queensland writers who are looking for support to finish their manuscripts to get the help upfront when it is needed.”

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards and Fellowships close on 19 September 2014 and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in December.

Information about the awards, the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers Fellowship, Queensland Writers Fellowships and nomination forms are available at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au

2014 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

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