Queensland Literary Awards

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The awards include ten national prizes for outstanding books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators, two unpublished manuscripts awards – the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait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

 

2019 Shortlist out now 

Congratulations to the 2019 finalists. 

View the shortlist here

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at State Library of Queensland on 12 November. 

 

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 Premiers Young Publishers and Writers Award

Congratulations to the Queensland Literary Award finalists!

 

TCM Peoples Choice Award finalists 2019

Congratulations to the eight finalists in the running for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award. 

Queensland Literary Awards stickers

Meet the 2019 judges. 

Queensland Literary Awards how to enter

Look back on the 2018 winners and finalists.

Queensland Literary Awards how to enter

Celebrate the success of Queensland Writers Fellowship recipients.  

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Read the latest media releases

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.

Supporters