2021 Queensland Literary Awards winners

State Library is excited to announce the winners of the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards.
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Celebrate outstanding writers from Queensland and around Australia and watch the announcement. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!

Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance

WINNER
Biting the Clouds
by Fiona Foley
University of Queensland Press

$25,000 | Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

 

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award

WINNERS
Allanah Hunt and Ellen Wengert

$12,500 each (two awards) | Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland

 

Queensland Writers Fellowships

WINNERS
The Healing Giggle of Wonder by Tabitha Bird
Split Level by Ella Jeffery
Preserving: Stories by Kali Napier

$15,000 each (three Fellowships) | Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

WINNER
Song of the Crocodile
by Nardi Simpson
Hachette Australia

$15,000 | Sponsored by The University of Queensland

 

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

WINNER
Amnesia Road  
Luke Stegemann
NewSouth Publishing

$15,000 | Sponsored by The University of Queensland

 

Children’s Book Award

WINNER
Bindi
Kirli Saunders and illustrated by Dub Leffler
Magabala Books

$15,000 | Supported by Susan Hocking and Ian Mackie, and their family,
through The Hocking Mackie Trust at APS Foundation

 

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

WINNER
Metal Fish, Falling Snow 
by Cath Moore               
Text Publishing

$15,000 | Sponsored by Griffith University

 

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

WINNER
Ordinary Matter 
by Laura Elvery               
University of Queensland Press

$15,000 | Sponsored by University of Southern Queensland

 

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

WINNER
Terminally Poetic 
by Ouyang Yu   
Ginninderra Press

$15,000 | Sponsored by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

 

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

WINNER
'Mekauwe = Tears Volume #1 (Notes For Song) 1970-2020'
by Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman-of Water) Georgina Williams

$15,000 | Sponsored by Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund

 

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

WINNER
'The Whitewash'            
by Siang Lu

$15,000 | Supported by Jenny Summerson through the Queensland Library Foundation

 

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

WINNER
Mary’s Last Dance 
by Mary Li
Penguin Random House Australia

$10,000 | Sponsored by The Courier-Mail

 

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Principal benefactors

The Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer is supported by Jenny Summerson through the Queensland Library Foundation.

Children's Book Award is supported by Susan Hocking and Ian Mackie, and their family, through The Hocking Mackie Trust at APS Foundation.

The Queensland Writers Fellowships are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland.

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