Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 12, 2019

2019 Queensland Literary Awards winners

I’m a bit busy today, so the following comes verbatim from the press release…

Winners of the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards announced

Outstanding works of fiction and non-fiction were celebrated tonight as winners of the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards were announced at a ceremony at State Library of Queensland.

Miles Franklin Award winner Melissa Lucashenko received the coveted $25,000 prize for the Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance. Judges described the winning title, Too Much Lip, as gritty and clever storytelling which tackles serious issues.

The Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two $12,500 packages) were awarded to Brisbane poet Ella Jeffery and Mununjali Yugambeh author Ellen van Neerven. Predicted to take her place as one of Australia’s most vital poets, Ella was praised by the judges for her exceptional vocabulary of imagery while Ellen – a past recipient of the David Unaipon Award – was noted for their command of language and storytelling that reveals a long-standing dedication to craft.

Exploded View, by Carrie Tiffany, received The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award, while An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold by Mary Hoban was awarded The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award. Hoban was also honoured with the University of Southern Queensland History Book Award for the same title – a project which originated from the inaugural Hazel Rowley Memorial Fellowship awarded to her in 2012.

High school English teacher Rhiannon Ratcliffe Wilde was awarded the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer for her charming coming-of-age novel Henry Hamlet’s Heart.

First Nations writers were well represented across the award categories, featuring as winners in three of the 12 award categories. Queensland writers took home eight of the 15 prizes.

The Queensland Literary Awards, managed by State Library of Queensland, honour outstanding books by Australian authors and champion new writing from emerging Queensland writers. $253,500 in prizes are awarded for published and unpublished works.

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You can see the shortlisted titles here.

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This is the full list of winners:

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

  • Too Much Lip (UQP) by Melissa Lucashenko

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards Prize: two awards of $10,000 plus career development support to the value of $2,500 each

  • Ella Jeffery
    Ellen van Neerven

Queensland Writers Fellowships Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each, plus professional development support to the value of $4,500

  • Claire Christian, The Invisibles
  • Sarah Holland-Batt, Spiral Separator
  • Emily O’Grady, Feast

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer Prize: $15,000, plus publication with UQP

  • Henry Hamlet’s Heart by Rhiannon Ratcliffe Wilde

QUT Digital Literature Award Prize: $15,000

  • V[R]ignettes (Mez Breeze Designs) by Mez Breeze

Griffith University Children’s Book Award Prize: $15,000

  • The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars (Allen & Unwin) by Jaclyn Moriarty

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award Prize: $15,000

  • Lenny’s Book of Everything (Allen & Unwin) by Karen Foxlee

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award Prize: $15,000

  • Exploded View (Text) by Carrie Tiffany

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award Prize: $15,000

  • An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold (Scribe) by Mary Hoban

University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection Prize: $10,000

  • Zebra: And Other Stories (Pan Macmillan) by Debra Adelaide

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

  • An Unconventional Wife: The Life of Julia Sorell Arnold (Scribe) by Mary Hoban

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

  • Adani, Following Its Dirty Footsteps: A Personal Story (Spinifex) by Lindsay Simpson

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection Prize: $10,000

  • Blakwork (Magabala) by Alison Whittaker

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer. Eligible entrants will receive author development activities through State Library including mentorship, editorial advice, and guidance on opportunities, pathways and artistic development, in consultation with the Award partners, Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press.


Responses

  1. Oh, I was out doing my first ever literary panel tonight, having only got back from Melbourne this afternoon, so I missed this announcement. Pleased to see Too much lip win.

    (I think you saw the tweet about the panel – it was more enjoyable than I feared though I’m not sure it’s changed my mind about dong more. I’m not sure I’ll write it up as I couldn’t take notes!)

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    • That’s a full on kind of day!
      I think I missed that Tweet, Twitter’s algorithm is very odd the way it hides tweets from my pals. I hardly ever see tweets from you unless I search for them.
      Anyway, I’m glad it went well, I didn’t realise how much doing a LitPanel is until I did it myself. The big plus is that you get to ask your favourite authors all the questions you’ve ever wanted to ask:)

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      • I don’t tweet much. This panel was me as a member … it was on the constructive critic! I’m going to try to write a brief summary from memory.

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        • Yes, I knew you were doing it, I just didn’t see the tweet…
          LOL I am not being a constructive critic today. Some books are just not worthy of the paper they’re printed on…

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  2. Yippee! Great results all round!

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