Queensland Literary Awards

The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers.

State Library of Queensland proudly manages the awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.


The 2019 awards offer a total prize pool of $253,500. 

The awards include ten national prizes for outstanding books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators, two unpublished manuscripts awards – the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer, and development awards for Queensland writers – two Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards and three Queensland Writers Fellowships. 

Nominations are now closed.  

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Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all who entered. The shortlists will be announced in September. 

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Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about nominations and eligibility.  

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Read the latest media releases. 

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Congratulations to the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards winners and finalists.

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Celebrate the success of Queensland Writers Fellowship recipients.  

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View information about the Queensland Literary Awards judges.

Stay up to date with the 2019 program by following the Queensland Literary Awards on Facebook and Twitter.  

To contact the State Library of Queensland about the Queensland Literary Awards, please email qla@slq.qld.gov.au.

Major partners

Category sponsors

Principal benefactors

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

A Queensland Writers Fellowship is supported by the Hocking Mackie Family through the Queensland Library Foundation.