Queensland Literary Awards

2021 Queensland Literary Awards - entries are closed.

Judging in this year's Queensland Literary Awards is now underway. We will announce shortlists in August, and winners in September. 

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates, or contact us via email at qla@slq.qld.gov.au  

Published book awards and prizes: 

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance - $25,000
  • The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award - $15,000
  • The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award - $15,000
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award - $15,000
  • Children’s Book Award - $15,000
  • University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection - $15,000
  • Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection - $15,000
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award - $10,000

Development awards and prizes: 

  • Queensland Writers Fellowships x 3 - $19,500 each 

  • David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer - $15,000 

  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer - $15,000 

  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards x 2 - $12,500 each 

Nominations for all categories closed at 5pm AEST on Friday 30 April 2021

About the 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The awards include national prizes for outstanding books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators, two unpublished manuscripts awards – the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander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. 

How to enter

The 2021 Queensland Literary Awards have closed. 

Get in touch

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

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

2021 Judges

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Frequently Asked Questions

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2020 winners and finalists

Congratulations to the 2020 Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!    

2019 winners and finalists

Congratulations to the Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!    

Queensland Writers Fellowships

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Major partners

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Principal benefactors

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

The Children's Book Award is supported by Susan Hocking and Ian Mackie, and their Family, through The Hocking Mackie Fund, a giving fund of APS Foundation.

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