Readers, writers and ideas

Discover the power of stories at State Library of Queensland.

At State Library, we champion readers and writers and foster a love of ideas. We’re committed to developing reading and writing as core skills for everyone.

Through our programs, collections and spaces, we inspire creativity and generate new knowledge.

Inspire a start

We help young readers and writers develop a lifelong love of words and learning. Find out about our First 5 Forever program and the Young Writers Award.

Connect and thrive

We connect audiences with ideas, networks and opportunities. Here are some of the organisations we work with: Brisbane Writers FestivalQueensland Poetry FestivalQueensland Writers Centre, Children’s Book Council of AustraliaUniversity of Queensland Press and Griffith Review.

Springboard talent

We support writers at all stages of their careers. Discover the opportunities we offer through the Queensland Literary Awards, Queensland Writers Fellowshipsblack&write! Writing Fellowships and black&write! Editing Internships.

Shape the future

We seek diverse voices and believe in the expansive power of stories. Enjoy our exciting Talking Ideas events and learn about our services for publishers and authors.

Brisbane Writers Festival tickets on sale.

Brisbane Writers Festival returns to State Library, home of the Brisbane Writers Festival, this September.

The full program is out now with offers for readers of all ages.

Plan your visit for 3 - 8 September

Cover revealed for Queensland Literary Awards winner 

Congratulations Melanie Myers, winner of the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer at the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards. Melanie won $15,000 for her manuscript, plus a publishing contract with University of Queensland Press.

Of winning the award, Melanie wrote: “It's been my 'dream' to win this award for about five years … The thing I'm looking forward to most? Seeing what the cover looks like.”

The wait is over!

The cover is reminiscent of 1943 Brisbane where the book is set. Images from Lennon's in 1943 can be found in the John Oxley Library collections

Melanie's debut novel Meet me at Lennon’s will be released in September 2019.

Griffith Review to publish young Queensland writers

Australia’s leading literary journal, Griffith Review has come on board as the publishing partner for the State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award.

The winner of the 2019 short story competition will work with professional editors to see their winning story through to publication in an edition of Griffith Review.  

The Young Writers Award has a 20-year history of inspiring young Queenslanders to find their voice.

The 2019 competition is open to Queensland residents aged 18-25 until Mon 8 July. First prize is $2,500.

Past winners include Tara June Winch, Shastra Deo and Benjamin Law.