Posted by: Lisa Hill | September 10, 2021

2021 Queensland Literary Awards

The 2021 Queensland Literary Awards were announced last night.

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 

  • Biting the Clouds: A Badtjala perspective on the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act, 1897 by Fiona Foley (University of Queensland Press)

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer. Prize: $15,000

  • Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson (Hachette Australia), see my review

University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection
Awarded to an outstanding collection of short stories by an Australian writer. Prize: $15,000

  • Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery (University of Queensland Press)

Queensland Writers Fellowships

Awarded to three (3) established Queensland authors to advance a writing project over a 12-month period. There was no shortlist for this prize. Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each, plus professional development support to the value of $4,500

  • Tabitha Bird for ‘The Healing Giggle of Wonder’
  • Ella Jeffery for ‘Split Level’
  • Kali Napier for ‘Preserving: Stories’

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

  • Allanah Hunt
  • Ellen Wengert

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer. Prize: $15,000

  • Amnesia Road: Landscape, violence and memory by Luke Stegemann (NewSouth Publishing)

Children’s Book Award
Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years old, by an Australian writer. This award is supported by Susan Hocking and Ian Mackie, and their family, through the Hocking Mackie Trust at APS Foundation. Prize: $15,000

  • Bindi written by Kirli Saunders and illustrated by Dub Leffler (Magabala Books)

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

  • Metal Fish, Falling Snow by Cath Moore (Text Publishing)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection
Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer. This award is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Prize: $15,000

  • Terminally Poetic by Ouyang Yu (Ginninderra Press)

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer
Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer. This award is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Prize: $15,000, plus manuscript development and publication with University of Queensland Press

  • Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williamsfor ‘Mekauwe=Tears Volume #1 Poems (Notes For Song) 1970-2020’

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Queensland writer. This award is supported by Jenny Summerson through the Queensland Library Foundation. Prize: $15,000, plus manuscript development and publication with University of Queensland Press

  • Siang Lu, ‘The Whitewash’

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

Awarded to an outstanding book by a Queensland author, taken from eligible books entered in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories. The winner of this award was determined by public vote. Prize: $10,000

  • Mary’s Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao’s Last Dancer by Mary Li (Penguin Random House)

For more information: Queensland Literary Awards

Thanks to the State Library Communications team for a press release that was quick-and-easy to upload. 


Responses

  1. I am so pleased to see ‘Song of the Crocodile’ winning awards.

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    • Yes, it’s a standout novel IMO.
      I do love Amanda Lohrey’s Labyrinth which was shortlisted, but since it won the MF I am content with that:)

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  2. Great to see Nardi Simpson win the fiction award. My, my reading group has done some wonderful books this year, and this was one of them.

    I didn’t realise Metal fish, falling snow was a YA novel (at least I don’t recollect knowing that!

    The David Unaipon winner has such a difficult title to remember. It has so many parts.

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    • I was pleased too:)
      Yes, I get the politics of a title like that, but are we going to remember it when we’re in the bookshop?

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