Posted by: Lisa Hill | October 23, 2018

2018 Queensland Literary Awards winners

The winners of the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced:

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, see my review

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, see my review

Griffith University Children’s Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years old, 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 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Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award
Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer.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 Limited through the Cultural Fund and supported by The 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 sponsored by Jenny Summerson and supported by the University of Queensland Press.
Prize: $15,000 and publication with UQP
• Garrison Town by Melanie Myers

2018 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 sponsored by Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland and supported by Queensland Writers Centre.
Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each
• Michael Gerard Bauer, Gaps and Silences
• Laura Elvery, Medallion
• Jackie Ryan, Alfred Russel Wallace: Optimist and Dissenter

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

Congratulations to all the authors, editors and publishers, and thank you to Michelle Vecchio from Shout Communications for the press release announcing the winners!


Responses

  1. Ah, I got mine from Twitter! At least you’ve read two of them.

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    • They were not (with the obvious exceptions) books that I’d heard much about…
      (I’ve been out and about tonight, at Readings with the author of the book I think is a shoe-in for the next MF).

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      • Which author?

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        • Kristina Olsson and her new book Shell. I haven’t finished it yet, because I keep lingering over every page, bowled over by the beautiful prose and lured into thinking about the issues raised – but already I know that it’s my Book of the Year. (My last Book of the Year was ages ago, That Deadman’s Dance).

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          • Well, I’ll have to look out for that, won’t I!

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            • See my Sensational Snippet! (I was working on it when I read your comment here).

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  2. I was at uni of South Queensland today, delivering stuff, they are big on Steele Rudd it seems by the signage (and the short story prize).

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    • Is that on the Gold Coast somewhere? A rebadged Bond University??

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      • No, no, at Toowoomba (hence the Steele Rudd connection).

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        • Ah. My knowledge of Qld geography is a bit lame…even though I’ve driven due north from Melbourne to Roma and Blackall, and then all the way along the coast from the Daintree back down south. My Big Outback Trip…in a Corolla…

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          • Good trip. Hope you went Roma, Injune, Rolleston and took in the Carnarvon Gorge, one of my favourite bits of country. BTW if you got to Roma via Goondiwindi and Miles, next time try Echuca, Denniliquin, Hay, Hilston, Cobar, Bourke, Cunnanulla, Charleville – (mostly) good roads and very outback.

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            • There will be no next time. The abuse we got for having the temerity to travel through outback Qld with Victorian number plates was bad enough, but being run off the road by some territorials guarantees it. I’m sticking to civilisation:)

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