Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 4, 2020

2020 Queensland Literary Awards winners

Harvested from Twitter, these are the winners of the Queensland Literary Awards announced today.

Winners are in bold.

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance     (waiting on the announcement for this one)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award (I haven’t seen a tweet about this yet).

  • Sara El Sayed
  • Zenobia Frost
  • Ellen Wengert
  • Yen-Rong Wong

 The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

  • Bedlam at Botany Bay by James Dunk (NewSouth Publishing)
  • Olive Cotton: A Life in Photography by Helen Ennis (HarperCollins)
  • Friends and Rivals by Brenda Niall (Text Publishing)
  • Truganini by Cassandra Pybus (Allen & Unwin) on my TBR, see Janine’s review at The Resident Judge of Port Phillip
  • The Watermill by Arnold Zable (Text Publishing)

Griffith University Children’s Book Award

  • Detention by Tristan Bancks (Penguin Random House)
  • Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club by Tamsin Janu (Omnibus Books)
  • Fly by Jess McGeachin (Penguin Random House)
  • Nop by Caroline Magerl (Walker Books)
  • As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey (UQP)

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

  • Deep Water by Sarah Epstein (Allen & Unwin)
  • Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller (UQP), on my TBR
  • How to Grow a Family Tree by Eliza Henry-Jones (HarperCollins)
  • It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood (Text Publishing)
  • This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield (Text Publishing)

 University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

  • A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop (Text Publishing)
  • Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui (Text Publishing)
  • The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab (Giramondo Publishing), see Kim’s review at Reading Matters.
  • A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O’Beirne (Black Inc.)
  • Here Until August by Josephine Rowe (Black Inc.)

 Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

  • Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness by Peter Boyle (Vagabond Press)
  • Lyre by Stuart Cooke (UWA Publishing)
  • Heide by Pi.O (Giramondo Publishing)
  • Throat by Ellen van Neerven (UQP)
  • Nganajungu Yagu by Charmaine Papertalk Green (Cordite Books)

 David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer

  • ‘The Space Between the Paperbark’ by Jazz Money (poetry, NSW)
  • ‘Valley of Cane and Crows’ by Boyd Quakawoot (novel, Queensland)
  • ‘Last Rites of Spring’ by Mykaela Saunders (novel, Victoria)
  • ‘Burn’ by Melanie Saward (novel, Queensland)

 Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer (I haven’t seen a tweet about this yet)

  • ‘The Solitary Light’ by Bianca Millroy
  • ‘Daddy & Other Father Figures’ by Jonathan O’Brien
  • ‘If You’re Happy’ by Fiona Robertson
  • ‘Without a Word’ by Jenny Ruge
  • ‘As We Knew It’ by Siall Waterbright

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award


  1. Thanks for the link Lisa! I’ve read A Lifetime of Impossible Days too.
    This is probably one set of awards where I can say I’ve read quite a few on the list (doesn’t happen too often).


  2. You may like to note that Heartland won!! The one that none of us have read! I expect a review from you soon…!


    • Ha ha! Not likely!!
      Actually, Jess White and I had a bit of a chat about her nomination and she correctly predicted that the one about football would win…

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