Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 31, 2018

2018 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists

The 2018 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists were announced today.

And I’m pleased to see that some prizes have increased from $10,000 to $15,000, with a total prize pool of $240,000.  (But $15000 is still a bit paltry IMO.)

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

  • The Saltwater Story (Cairn Tor Books) by Benjamin Allmon and David Kelly
  • Please Explain (Penguin Random House) by Anna Broinowski
  • White Woman Black Heart: Journey Home to Old Mapoon (CreateSpace) by Barbara Miller
  • We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan
  • Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson) by Beth Wilson

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award (two awards of $12,500)

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Ella Jeffery
  • Bri Lee
  • Emily O’Grady
  • Yen-Rong Wong

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Text Publishing) by Judith Brett, see Nathan’s Review at A Biographer in Perth
  • The Year Everything Changed: 2001(Penguin Random House) by Phillipa McGuinness
  • Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth (UQP) by Charles Massy
  • Korea: Where the American Century Began (Hardie Grant Books) by Michael Pembroke
  • Tracker (Giramondo Publishing) by Alexis Wright, see my review

Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($15,000)

  • The Storm Whale (Allen & Unwin) written by Sarah Brennan, illustrated by Jane Tanner
  • The Elephant (UQP) by Peter Canarvas
  • Go Go and the Silver Shoes (Penguin Random House) written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend (HarperCollins) by Emily Rodda
  • Swan Lake (Allen & Unwin) by Anne Spudvilas

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)

  • In the Dark Spaces (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Cally Black
  • The Dream Walker (Hachette) by Victoria Carless
  • Sparrow (Allen & Unwin) by Scot Gardner
  • Amelia Westlake (Hardie Grant Egmont) by Erin Gough
  • Because of You (UQP) by Pip Harry

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

  • The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (Text Publishing) by Judith Brett, see Nathan’s review at A Biographer in Perth
  • Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia (Black Inc) by Billy Griffiths
  • Beautiful Balts: From displaced persons to new Australians (NewSouth Publishing) by Jayne Persian
  • We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 (UQP) by Jackie Ryan
  • The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia (NewSouth Publishing) by Christina Twomey, see Janine’s review at The Resident Judge of Port Phillip

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

  • Bird Country (Text Publishing) by Claire Aman
  • Common People (UQP) by Tony Birch, see my review
  • Habits of Silence (Finlay Lloyd Publishers) by Stephanie Buckle, see Sue’s review at Whispering Gums
  • Pulse Points (Text Publishing) by Jennifer Down
  • Trick of the Light (UQP) by Laura Elvery

QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)

  • Our Cupidity Coda by Mez Breeze
  • A Place Called Ormalcy by Mez Breeze
  • Core Values (Australian Poetry) by Benjamin Laird
  • Little Emperor Syndrome by David Thomas Henry Wright, with Chris Arnold

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

  • click here for what we do (Vagabond Press) by Pam Brown
  • Chatelaine (Giramondo Publishing) by Bonny Cassidy
  • I Love Poetry (Giramondo Publishing) by Michael Farrell
  • The Honeymoon Stage (Giramondo Publishing) by Oscar Schwartz
  • Lost Lake (Vagabond Press) by Bella Li

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award ($15,000)

  • The Making of Ruby Champion by Kirstie Parker
  • Why Worry Now by Melanie Saward
  • Jilba’s Song by Wendy Somerville
  • Song – the story of a girl, a bird and a teapot by Waiata Telfer
  • Destinations Past Present Future: Diving through timelines by Teila Watson

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)

  • fate, revenge and chipburgers by Karen Herschell
  • On Either Side by Laura Kenny
  • Garrison Town by Melanie Myers
  • Hidebound by Christopher Przewloka

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




  2. Thanks for this Lisa. I do love that they offer a good swag of awards, even if the prize money isn’t huge. BTW I’ve read two you haven’t if you’d like to add them – Fish Girl, and the short stories, Habits of silence, both of which I’m thrilled to see on the list. I can email you the links if you’d like them. We haven’t read a lot of these have we, though as usual you’ve done pretty well!?


    • Yes, please, I had an idea you’d done Fish Girl – and was going to search your blog – but then had some unexpected stuff come up that had to be dealt with and there went my afternoon!

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  3. I always thought in the past these were Qld books only but there is Winton listed…


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