Winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards.

2018 winners

The Queensland Literary Awards ceremony was hosted by the State Library of Queensland on Tuesday 23 October.

Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance

Awarded to an outstanding work, by an Australian writer, focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Queensland story.

Prize: $25,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards

Awarded to two (2) outstanding Queensland writers up to 30 years of age.

Prize: two awards of $10,000 plus career development support to the value of $2,500 each

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Bri Lee

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer

Prize: $15,000

  • Taboo (Pan Macmillan) by Kim Scott

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer.

Prize: $15,000

  • Tracker (Giramondo Publishing) by Alexis Wright

Griffith University Children’s Book Award

Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years of age, by an Australian writer.

Prize: $15,000

  • The Elephant (UQP) by Peter Carnavas

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

Awarded to a work, suitable for young adults aged 13 to 19, by an Australian writer.

Prize: $15,000

  • In the Dark Spaces (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Cally Black

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding non-fiction history book by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • We'll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan

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

Awarded to an outstanding collection of short stories by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • Pulse Points (Text Publishing) by Jennifer Down

QUT Digital Literature Award

Awarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling.

Prize: $15,000

  • Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection — Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • I Love Poetry (Giramondo Publishing) by Michael Farrell

Unpublished Indigenous Writer — David Unaipon Award

Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer. This category is sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and supported by University of Queensland Press.

Prize: $15,000 and publication with UQP.

  • The Making of Ruby Champion by Kirstie Parker

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Queensland writer. This category is supported by Jenny Summerson and supported by University of Queensland Press.

Prize: $15,000 and publication with UQP.

  • Garrison Town by Melanie Myers

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

Awarded to an outstanding book by a Queensland author. The winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award is determined by public vote.

Prize: $10,000

Winner: Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson) by Beth Wilson

Queensland Writers Fellowships

Awarded to three (3) established Queensland authors to advance a writing project over a 12-month period. The Queensland Writers Fellowships are supported by Arts Queensland and State LIbrary of Queensland, and Queensland Writers Center.

Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each

  • Michael Gerard Bauer, Gaps and Silences
  • Laura Elvery, Medallion
  • Jackie Ryan, Alfred Russel Wallace: Optimist and Dissenter

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

Read more about the winning books and authors, or view all the finalists here.

Past winners

View the previous winners of the Queensland Literary Awards.

2017 winners

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the various Queensland Literary Awards, the Queensland Writers Fellowships, and winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year, Cathy McLennan.

2016 winners

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the various Queensland Literary Awards, the Queensland Writers Fellowships, and winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year, Mary-Rose MacColl.

2015 winners

In 2015, winners including Libby Connors and John Ahern were announced across eleven Award categories plus The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year and the Queensland Writers Fellowships.

2014 winners

Winners across the ten Queensland Literary Award categories offered in the year 2014 included Richard Flanagan, David Malouf and Kellee Slater.

2013 winners

Eleven authors won awards across this year's Queensland Literary Award categories offered in the year 2013 included Kate Morton, Kristina Olsson and Ellen van Neerven.

2012 winners

Fourteen authors, including Frank Moorhouse, George Megalogenis and Janette Turner Hospital, were winners of Queensland Literary Awards in the awards' inaugural year.