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Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award

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About the award

This award is part of the Queensland Literary Awards and is awarded to 2 outstanding Queensland writers and/or publishers up to 30 years of age.


  • Queensland residents who can provide proof of a current Queensland address.
  • Writers born in Queensland who now live elsewhere and can demonstrate strong, continuing ties with the state. 
  • Writers and publishers up to and including 30 years of age at 30 April 2024 (proof of age must be submitted).  
  • Individual writers with a steady professional history, and individual publishers with a steady professional history.
  • Writers and publishers of all forms, including novels, short stories, poems, works for children, biographies, memoirs, plays, scripts, non-fiction, comics and graphic novels.
  • To confirm you're eligible to enter this category, download the full 2024 terms and conditions of entry document.


2 awards of $12,000 plus career development support to the value of $3,000 each. Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.  

Career development support

  • This component is administered by Queensland Writers Centre (QWC).
  • Career development activities are individual to each entrant but could include things like mentoring, travel for research, and residencies.
  • At the time you nominate, you're not required to submit a career development plan; QWC will work with winners after the awards are announced. 

Key dates

  • 1 March: entries open
  • 12 April: entries close
  • 1 March–18 March: early bird entry period
  • 19 March–12 April: standard entry period
  • 1 August: shortlist announced
  • 5 September: awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland 

Nomination requirements

Your online nomination form must include:

  • a one-page cover letter outlining your eligibility for this award
  • a detailed CV with full publication history (max. 4 pages)
  • writers: a portfolio of writing – this should comprise up to 6 pieces of writing, including at least one item published in the previous 12 months
  • publishers: a portfolio of up to 5 publications or documented productions, including at least one item produced in the previous 12 months.  

How to enter

2024 Queensland Literary Awards terms and conditions of entry

PDF · 289 KB

Past winners

Jasmin McGaughey is wearing a pink jumper and standing against a black and white brick wall. She is smiling.

Jasmin McGaughey

Black and white photo of Jonathan O'Brien. He wears glasses and a dark shirt.

Jonathan O'Brien

Rebecca Cheers – headshot – she wears a black t-shirt and red lipstick. Her left arm has a tattoo of a heart and swords.

Rebecca Cheers 

A black and white image of Marilena Hewitt. They are wearing glasses and resting their face on their hands. They're looking off camera.

Marilena Hewitt

Allanah Hunt, author

Allanah Hunt

Ellen Wengert, in a black sleeveless top

Ellen Wengert

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