Queensland Literary Awards

2021 Queensland Literary Awards are now open for nominations!

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.  

On offer are eight national prizes for outstanding published books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators. This includes the $25,000 Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance which highlights a uniquely Queensland story.  

Published book awards and prizes: 

  • Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance - $25,000
  • Fiction Book Award - $15,000
  • 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

Nominations close at 5pm AEST on Friday 30 April 2021. 

A $50 (incl GST) entry fee applies per entry. A $10 Early Bird discount is available for nominations received in March. Some fee-exemptions may be available to eligible authors. 

Development awards are also on offer including the David Unaipon Award and Glendower Award for unpublished manuscripts, and opportunities for Queensland writers only - three Queensland Writers Fellowships and two Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards. 

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 close at 5pm AEST on Friday 30 April 2021

There is no fee to apply to development awards. 

For eligibility and nomination requirements read the ‘How to enter’ information now.  

How to enter

The 2021 Queensland Literary Awards are now open. Read the guidelines and find out how to enter. 

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. 

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2021 Judges

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2020 winners and finalists

Congratulations to the 2020 Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!    

2019 winners and finalists

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Queensland Writers Fellowships

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Principal benefactors

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

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