Awards deadline looms for Australia’s finest writers – only a few days to go

Authors have just four days to nominate for the prestigious 2016 Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships, which close on 3 June 2016.

The QLAs recognise the literary achievements of Queensland and Australian writers, celebrating and promoting contemporary Australian writing. Awards are presented in a range of categories and include development awards and mentorship prizes for young and emerging writers.

State Library of Queensland’s Manager for Reading & Writing, Kate Eltham said, programs such as the QLA showcase the depth of creativity in Queensland’s talented writers.

“These awards create critical opportunities and recognition for emerging writers to develop work for publication and secure careers in the creative industries. Authors will gain invaluable exposure to a judging panel of experts from the writing, publishing and journalism sectors.”

“We’ve seen the Awards continue to attract the highest calibre of literature across Australia, such as works by distinguished and highly celebrated authors Joan London and J.M. Coetzee, as well as the talents of debut authors like Ellen van Neerven,” she said.

The QLA play an important role in discovering local Australian writers and sharing their work with international audiences.

“Apart from the awards open to all Australians, we also offer two exclusive award categories for Queensland writers; two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards, and the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Awards. Queensland Writers Fellowships, worth $15,000, are also awarded to three Queensland writers each year for professional development,” Kate said.

Nominations for the Queensland Literary Awards close on 3 June 2016 and nomination forms and further information can be found at www.qldliteraryawards.org.au. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October 2016.

State Library of Queensland leads the way in nurturing a culture of reading, writing and ideas, and pays tribute to the many organisations that support and champion the Queensland Literary Awards. Key QLA partners include the Queensland Government, The University of Queensland, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland, Claire Booth, the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund and The Courier-Mail.

Media enquiries:
Julie Fullerton, SLQ Communications
0467 55 00 29 | communications@slq.qld.gov.au

Nominations for the 2016 awards are being sought in the following categories:

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards x 2 , each to the value of $12 500
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • The University of Queensland Non-fiction Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award ($10,000)
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award ($10,000)
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award ($10,000)
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award ($10,000)
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award (supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award (supported by the University of Queensland Press) ($10,000)
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)
    * Queensland Writers Fellowships x 3, each to the value of $15,000

Past - 2015 Queensland Literary Award Winners

QLA winners 2015

2015 QLA winners from left to right: Carolyn Holbrook, John Larkin, Elizabeth Kasmer, Meg McKinlay, Rebecca Jessen, Andrew Booth, Libby Connors, John Ahern and Joan London.

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance: Warrior by Libby Connors
  • University of Queensland Fiction Book Award: The Golden Age by Joan London
  • University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award: The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia by Don Watson
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award: The Pause by John Larkin
  • Griffith University Children's Book Award: A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award: ANZAC, The Unauthorised Biography by Carolyn Holbrook
  • University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award: Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas
  • State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection - Judith Wright Calanthe Award: Waiting for the Past by Les Murray
  • Unpublished Indigenous Writer - David Unaipon Award: The First Octoroon or Report of an Experimental Child by Andrew Booth
  • Emerging Queensland Writer Manuscript Award: Aurora by Elizabeth Kasmer
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards: Megan McGrath, Rebecca Jessen
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year: On the Road… with Kids by John Ahern
  • Queensland Writers Fellowships - Inga Simpson, Krissy Kneen and Karen Foxlee
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