Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 5, 2021

2021 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist

The 2021 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist was announced last night.

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

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

  • Lech Blaine’s Car crash: A memoir
  • Laura Elvery’s Ordinary matter
  • Fiona Foley’s Biting the clouds
  • Patty Lees with Adam C Lees’ A Question of Colour, see my review
  • Jaya Savige, Change machine

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

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

  • Trent Dalton’s All the Shimmering Skies
  • Sandra Hogan’s With My Little Eye
  • Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway
  • Susan Johnson’s From Where I Fell, see my review
  • Grantlee Kieza’s Banks

Congratulations to all the authors, editors, and publishers!

You can see the other category finalists at the QLA website. The winners will be announced on September 9th.


  1. Some interesting books here, Lisa.


    • Yes, some I’ve never heard of…


  2. Some good ones here!


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