2016 Queensland Literary Awards finalists announced

59 authors have been shortlisted across 12 categories as the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards recognises the achievements of Australian writers.

State Library of Queensland supports and champions the Queensland Literary Awards in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas and celebrating the incredible strength and diversity in Australian writing talent.

State Librarian and CEO, Ms Vicki McDonald today announced the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) shortlists.

“From well-known authors such as Matthew Condon and Tim Winton, to talented debut novelists like Sonja Dechian, the Queensland Literary Awards continue to highlight the high calibre of literature across Australia,” Ms McDonald said.

“With such a rich field of nominations across all the 2016 QLA categories, I thank the judges for what could only have been an extremely challenging task in determining the shortlists.”

Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Literary Awards recognised outstanding writers, celebrated Queensland stories and fostered the next generation of writing talent.

“Last year, my Government reinstated funding for these prestigious awards and also established two new awards, one for a work of State significance and the Young Publishers and Writers Awards, to recognise important Queensland voices,” the Premier said.

“In 2016, the Queensland Government continues to match the sponsor and partnership funding in ten award categories with the aim to expand the awards and attract additional sponsors.”

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said the power of seeing Australian life represented in the books we read cannot be overstated.

“These are our stories,” Ms Enoch said. “They lay bare every aspect of contemporary Australian life, help us to understand our history and set the path forward for our future.”

In addition to the 12 categories of the Queensland Literary Awards, three Queensland Writers Fellowships will be awarded to provide support for Queensland authors in developing their work for publication.

Queensland readers have the power to pick the winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year category. Readers can vote for their favourite shortlisted book before Thursday 29 September 2016 by visiting qldliteraryawards.org.au.

In announcing the shortlists, Ms McDonald said the continued support for the Queensland Literary Awards from authors, booksellers, publishers and the literary community was outstanding.

“We are grateful for the continued support of our partners including the University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail,” Ms McDonald said.

The award winners and fellowship recipients will be announced at a special awards ceremony held at State Library of Queensland on 5 October.

The shortlists can be found at qldliteraryawards.org.au.

The 2016 Queensland Literary Award categories are:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
  • University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by University of Queensland Press)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book for the Year

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Kate Allen, SLQ Communications
07 3840 7897 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

2016 Queensland Literary Awards shortlist

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

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick & Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matthew Condon
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • The Long Goodbye, P.J. Parker
  • Not Just Black and White, Lesley and Tammy Williams

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards ($10,000*)

  • Emily Craven
  • Sam George-Allen
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Michelle Law
  • Andrew McMillen

*Winners of this award also receive $2,500 each worth of professional development

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Ghost River, Tony Birch
  • Between a Wolf and A Dog, Georgia Blain
  • The Midnight Watch, David Dyer
  • One, Patrick Holland
  • The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($10,000)

  • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru, Madeline Gleeson
  • Talking to My Country, Stan Grant
  • Second Half First, Drusilla Modjeska
  • Island Home, Tim Winton
  • Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger, Fiona Wright

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)

  • The Sidekicks, Will Kostakis
  • Dreaming the Enemy, David Metzenthen
  • The Stars at October Bend, Glenda Millard
  • One Thousand Hills, James Roy and Noël Zihabamwe
  • One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn

Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)

  • Suri’s Wall, Lucy Estela & Matt Ottley
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House, Bob Graham
  • Incredibilia, Libby Hathorn & Gaye Chapman
  • KidGlovz, Julie Hunt & Dale Newman
  • Me, Teddy, Chris McKimmie

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)

  • Armenia, Australia and the Great War, Vicken Babkenien & Peter Stanley
  • Australia’s Boldest Experiment, Stuart Macintyre
  • The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network, Julia Martinez and Adrian Vickers
  • Unseen Anzac, Jeff Maynard
  • The oldest foods on earth, John Newton
  • Gay Sydney, Garry Wotherspoon

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)

  • Six Bedrooms, Tegan Bennett Daylight
  • An Astronaut’s Life, Sonja Dechian
  • A Few Days in the Country and other stories, Elizabeth Harrower
  • Portable Curiosities, Julie Koh
  • The High Places, Fiona McFarlane

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)

  • Year of the Wasp, Joel Deane
  • Content, Liam Ferney
  • The Hazards, Sarah Holland-Batt
  • The Anatomy of Voice, David Musgrave
  • Not Fox Nor Axe, Chloe Wilson

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award ($10,000)

  • Dancing Home, Paul Collis
  • Song of Jessica, B.A. Quakawoot
  • 67 Days, Yvonne Weldon

Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award ($10,000*)

  • The Boatman, H.E. Crampton
  • The Elements, Laura Elvery

*Finalists of this award receive $3,000 each worth of editorial development, sponsored by Claire Booth

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

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style, Nadia Buick and Madeleine King
  • All Fall Down, Matt Condon
  • Day Boy, Trent Jamieson
  • The Landing, Susan Johnson
  • Swimming Home, Mary-Rose MacColl
  • The Promise Seed, Cass Moriarty
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and a Death in Brisbane, Elspeth Muir
  • Dying: A Memoir, Cory Taylor (non-fiction)

The winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award is determined by public vote, which is open from Friday 26 August and closes Monday 26 September 2016. Readers can vote at qldliteraryawards.org.au

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