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Queensland Literary Awards

The Queensland Literary Awards is a community driven awards program that was established in 2012. Like the former Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, the QLAs celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writing. The awards aim to seek out, recognize and nurture great talent in Australian writing. They draw national and international attention to some of our best writers and to Queensland’s recognition of outstanding Australian literature and publishing.

Queensland Literary Awards
LocationBrisbane
CountryAustralia
First awarded4 September 2012
WebsiteQueensland Literary Awards

These Awards have a focus on supporting new writing through the Emerging Queensland Writer - Manuscript Award and Unpublished Indigenous writer - David Unaipon Award. "They give local writers and new writers something to aspire to."[1]

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HistoryEdit

The Queensland Literary Awards was established by a not-for-profit association of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature, in response to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman disestablishing the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards in 2012.[2]

In 2012 and 2013 the program was run by a volunteer workforce. Following consultation with the QLA Inc. governing committee, 2014 saw the management of the QLA transition to State Library of Queensland (SLQ). While SLQ took on a leadership role in delivering the program, the aim was to continue to build on the existing genuinely collaborative model where the community and writing sector partners are key stakeholders.

The original Premier's awards were established by Peter Beattie, the then Premier of Queensland in 1998 and first awarded in 1999.[3]

Award categoriesEdit

There are currently twelve award categories including:

  • 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  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer — David Unaipon Award
  • Glendower Award for Emerging Queensland Writer for unpublished manuscript
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • The Courier-Mail People Choice Queensland Book of the Year

JudgingEdit

The Awards are judged by independent panels of writers, critics, academics and publishers. The Awards are presented to entrants whom judges deem to possess the highest literary merit.

WinnersEdit

2018Edit

The 2018 winners were:[4]

  • Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance — We'll Show the World: Expo 88, Jackie Ryan
  • The Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award — Brisbane Houses with Gardens, Beth Wilson
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award — Taboo, Kim Scott
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award — Tracker, Alexis Wright
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award — We'll Show the World: Expo 88, Jackie Ryan
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection — Judith Wright Calanthe Award — I Love Poetry, Michael Farrell
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection — Steele Rudd Award — Pulse Points, Jennifer Down
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award — In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award — The Elephant, Peter Carnavas
  • Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards — Anna Jacobson & Bri Lee
  • Glendower Award for Emerging Queensland Author for unpublished manuscript — Garrison Town, Melanie Myers
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer — David Unaipon Award — The Making of Ruby Champion, Kristie Parker
  • QUT Digital Literature Award — Little Emperor Syndrome, David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

2017Edit

The 2017 winners were:[5]

  • Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance — The Daintree Blockade: The Battle for Australia's Tropical Rainforests, Bill Wilkie
  • The Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award — Saltwater, Cathy McLennan
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award — The Birdman's Wife, Melissa Ashley
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award — Saltwater, Cathy McLennan
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award — Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search for Human Antiquity, Rebe Taylor
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award — Fragments, Antigone Kefala
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award — The Circle and the Equator, Kyra Giorgi
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award — Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award — The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler, Lisa Shanahan
  • Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards — Lech Blaine and Mindy Gill
  • Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award — The Killing of Louisa, Janet Lee
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award — Mirrored Pieces, Lisa Fuller
  • QUT Digital Literature Award - Nine Billion Branches, Jason Nelson

2016Edit

The 2016 winners were:[6]

  • Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance — Not Just Black and White, Lesley and Tammy Williams
  • The Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award — Swimming Home, Mary-Rose MacColl
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award — Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia Blain
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award — Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, Fiona Wright
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award — The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labour and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award — Anatomy of Voice, David Musgrave
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award — co-winners: A Few Days in the Country and other stories, Elizabeth Harrower and The High Places, Fiona McFarlane
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award — Dreaming the Enemy, David Metzenthen
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award — KidGlovz, Julie Hunt (author) and Dale Newman (illustrator)
  • Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards — Emily Craven and Michelle Law
  • Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award — No winner, two Encouragement Awards given — The Boatman, H.E. Crampton; and The Elements, Laura Elvery
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award — Dancing Home, Paul Collis

2015Edit

The 2015 winners were:[7]

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

2014Edit

The 2014 winners were:[8]

  • The Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award — How to do a Liver Transplant: Stories from my Surgical Life, Kellee Slater
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award — The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award — 1914: The Year the World Ended, Paul Ham
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award — Broken Nation, Joan Beaumont
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award — Earth Hour, David Malouf
  • Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award — Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award — The Cracks in the Kingdom, Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Children's Book Award — Refuge, Jackie French and Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (joint winners)
  • Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award — We Come From Saltwater People, Cathy McLennan
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award — It’s Not Just Black and White, Lesley & Tammy Williams

2013Edit

The 2013 winners were:[9]

  • The Courier Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award — The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton
  • Deloitte Fiction Book Award — Mullumbimby, Melissa Lucashenko
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award — Boy, Lost, Kristina Olsson
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award — The Flash of Recognition, Jane Lydon
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award — Jam Tree Gully, John Kinsella
  • Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award — Like a House on Fire, Cate Kennedy
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award — A Corner of White, Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Children's Book Award — Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen!, Narelle Oliver
  • Gadens Feature Film Script Award — Healing, Craig Monahan and Alison Nisselle
  • Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award — Gap, Rebecca Jessen
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award — Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven

2012Edit

The 2012 winners were: [10]

  • Fiction Book Award — Cold Light, Frank Moorhouse
  • Non-Fiction Book Award — The People Smuggler, Robin De Crespigny
  • History Book Award — The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, Bill Gammage
  • Literary or Media Work Advancing Public Debate - Harry Williams Award — The Australian Moment: How We Were Made For These Times, George Megalogenis
  • Science Writers Award — Sex, Genes & Rock 'n' Roll, Rob Brooks
  • Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award — Crimson Crop, Peter Rose
  • Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award — Turbulence, Janette Turner Hospital
  • Young Adult Book Award — The Ink Bridge, Neil Grant
  • Children's Book Award — Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers, Briony Stewart
  • Film Script Award — Dead Europe, Louise Fox
  • Emerging Queensland Author - Manuscript Award — Island of the Unexpected, Catherine Titasey
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award — Story, Siv Parker
  • Drama Script (Stage) Award — War Crimes, Angela Betzien
  • Television Script Award — Mabo, Sue Smith

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012. "Literary Awards: Early own-goal from Premier Newman"
  2. ^ "New premier tears up literary awards", 3 April 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ "QLD Premier's Literary Awards axed"
  4. ^ "Queensland Literary Awards 2018 winners announced | Books+Publishing". Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. ^ "Winners and finalists". Queensland Literary Awards. 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  6. ^ "2016 Queensland Literary Award winners". Queensland Literary Awards. Archived from the original on 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ Qld Literary Awards 2015 winners
  8. ^ Qld Literary Awards 2014 winners
  9. ^ Qld Literary Awards 2013 winners
  10. ^ Qld Literary Awards 2012 winners

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