Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 3, 2022

2022 Queensland Literary Awards shortlists

The shortlist for the the Queensland Literary Awards 2022 has been announced. The winners will be announced on Thursday 8 September 2022.

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance

  • Wounded Country by Quentin Beresford, NewSouth
  • Muddy People by Sara El Sayed, Black Inc. Books
  • The Burnished Sun by Mirandi Riwoe, University of Queensland Press
  • Operation Jungle by John Shobbrook, University of Queensland Press
  • Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego, University of Queensland Press

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award

  • Rebecca Cheers
  • Marilena Hewitt
  • Miranda Hine
  • Sean West

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

  • The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Hachette Australia
  • Cold Enough for Snow by Jessica Au, Giramondo Publishing, see my review
  • The Furies by  Mandy Beaumont Hachette Australia
  • The Keepers by Al Campbell,  University of Queensland Press
  • Australiana by Yumna Kassab, Ultimo Press

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

  • Lies, Damned Lies by Claire G. Coleman, Ultimo Press
  • Muddy People by Sara El Sayed, Black Inc. Books
  • The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar, Pan Macmillan
  • The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen by Krissy Kneen, Text Publishing
  • Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego, University of Queensland Press

Children’s Book Award

  • My Brother Ben by Peter Carnavas, University of Queensland Press
  • A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr, Penguin Random House Australia
  • Kunyi by Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Magabala Books
  • The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name, by Sandhya Parappukkaran and illustrated by Michelle Pereira, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing
  • The First Scientists by Corey Tutt and illustrated by Blak Douglas, Hardie Grant Explore

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

  • Girls in Boys’ Cars by Felicity Castagna, Pan Macmillan
  • Katipo Joe: Wolf’s Lair by Brian Falkner, Scholastic
  • Morrison and Mr Moore by Michael Hyde, In Case of Emergency Press
  • Social Queue by Kay Kerr, Text Publishing
  • Sugar by Carly Nugent, Text Publishing

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

  • Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch, University of Queensland Press
  • The Kindness of Birds, by Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex Press, see my review
  • The Burnished Sun by Mirandi Riwoe, University of Queensland Press
  • If You’re Happy by Fiona Robertson, University of Queensland Press
  • Lake Malibu and Other Stories by Su-May Tan, Spineless Wonders

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

  • TAKE CARE by Eunice Andrada, Giramondo Publishing
  • Statis Shuffle by Pam Brown, Hunter Publishers
  • accelerations & inertias, by Dan Disney, Vagabond Press
  • At the Altar of Touch by Gavin Yuan Gao,  University of Queensland Press
  • Bees Do Bother: An Antagonist’s Carepack by Ann Vickery, Vagbond Press

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

  • ‘Finding Billy Brown’ by Edoardo Crismani
  • ‘Wawun, Judulu and The Big Storm’ by Julie-Ann ‘Garrimaa’ Moore
  • ‘Always Will Be – stories of Goori sovereignty, from the future(s) of the Tweed’ by Mykaela Saunders
  • untitled manuscript by Rick Slager
  • ‘Unplanned Journey: A personal account of one Indigenous woman’s life’ by  Aunty Joan Tranter

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

  • ‘Do you like the artist Georgia O’Keeffe?’ by A E Macleod
  • ‘The Interventions’ by John Richards
  • ‘Sunshowers’ by Emily Winter
  • ‘Things Left Unsaid’ by Yen-Rong Wong

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

Voting is open for The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award.  Cast your vote by 15 August.

  • Whole Notes by Ed Ayres, ABC Books
  • The Keepers by Al Campbell, University of Queensland Press
  • Muddy People by Sara El Sayed, Black Inc. Books
  • Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss,  Simon & Schuster Australia, see my review
  • The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen by Krissy Kneen, Text Publishing
  • Red Heaven by Nicolas Rothwell, Text Publishing
  • Crime Writer by Dime Sheppard, Ruby Books
  • Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego, University of Queensland Press

To read the judges comments, see the awards website.


Responses

  1. As always, an interesting selection. The two you’ve read are the two I hope to read … well, I’ve nearly finished one!

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