Queensland Literary Awards

Front row: Alison Whittaker, Melissa Lucashenko, Ellen van Neerven
Middle row: Ella Jeffery, Lindsay Simpson, Claire Christian
Back row: Rhiannon Ratcliffe Wilde, Emily O’Grady, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jaclyn Moriarty, Debra Adelaide, Karen Foxlee, Mary Hoban, Carrie Tiffany
Absent: Mez Breeze

Winners announced!

Congratulations to the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards winners and finalists announced at State Library of Queensland on 12 November.  

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The awards include ten national prizes for outstanding books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators, two unpublished manuscripts awards – the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait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

Awards and prizes 

  • Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance – $25,000
  • Queensland Writers Fellowships – $19,500
  • 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
  • Griffith University Children’s Book Award – $15,000
  • David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer – $15,000
  • Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer – $15,000
  • QUT Digital Literature Award – $15,000
  • Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards – $12,500
  • University of Southern Queensland History Book Award – $10,000
  • University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection – $10,000
  • Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection – $10,000
  • The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award – $10,000


Queensland Literary Awards trophy

Congratulations to the Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!



Queensland Writers Fellowship certificates

Celebrate the success of the Queensland Writers Fellowship recipients.  

QLAwinners and finalist stickers

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Queensland Literary Awards trophies

Congratulations to the 2018 Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!



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.