Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 6, 2016

2016 Queensland Literary Award winners

Not Just Black and WhiteThe Queensland Literary Awards were announced last night, and I am pleased to see that Not Just Black and White by Lesley Williams and Tammy Williams took out the major award of $25,000.  (All the other awards are a somewhat scanty $10,000 each).  This important book is contributing to a campaign for justice for stolen wages and it deserves to be widely read.

*drum roll* And the winners are:

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance (Prize: $25,000)

Winners: Not Just Black and White, Lesley Williams and Tammy Williams (See my review)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (Two Prizes of $10,000 each)

Winner: Emily Craven
Winner: Michelle Law

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award   (Prize: $10,000)

Winner: Paul Collis for Dancing Home

Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award

No winner, two Encouragement Awards given

Encouragement Award: H.E. Crampton for The Boatman
Encouragement Award: Laura Elvery for The Elements

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

Winner: KidGlovz, Julie Hunt (author) and Dale Newman (illustrator)

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

Winner: Dreaming the Enemy, David Metzenthen

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

Winner: Anatomy of Voice, David Musgrave, see Tony’s review at Messenger’s Booker

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award  (Prize: $10,000, co-winners awarded $5,000 each)

Winner: A Few Days in the Country and other stories, Elizabeth Harrower (See Sue’s review at Whispering Gums)

Winner: The High Places, Fiona McFarlane

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

Winner: The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labour and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers

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

Winner: Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, Fiona Wright (See Sue’s review at Whispering Gums)

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

Winner: Between a Wolf and a Dog, Georgia Blain

The Courier Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award (Prize: $10,000)

Winner: Swimming Home, Mary-Rose MacColl

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers!

Thanks to Tony from Messenger’s Booker for the heads up!


  1. Thanks for the links. I’m glad to see those two win, but particularly Harrower. It’s a fantastic collection and I’ve been so wanting her to be recognised. I’m in Sydney working on my aunt’s house – will this never end? – and so feeling rather out of it.


    • Oh, you must be feeling so fed up with it…
      Yes, I’m pleased she’s had some recognition too. Wouldn’t you think that since they saved $10,000 by not awarding the emerging author award that they could have given the co-winners $10,000 each? I mean, they’re such stingy awards anyway…

      Liked by 1 person

Please share your thoughts and join the conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: