Queensland Literary Awards

Queensland Literary Awards – now open!

Eight national prizes are on offer for outstanding 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. Nominations close 30 April 2020. $10 Early Bird discount available for nominations received in March. Some fee-exemptions also apply.  

Published book awards and prizes:

  • Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance – $25,000
  • Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award – $15,000
  • Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award – $15,000
  • Griffith University Young Adult Book Award – $15,000
  • Griffith University 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

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The awards include national prizes for outstanding books by Australian writers, illustrators and creators, two unpublished manuscripts awards – the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and the David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander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. Nominations close 30 April 2020 and there is no fee to apply.

Development awards and prizes:

  • Queensland Writers Fellowships – $19,500
  • 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 – $12,500

How to enter

The 2020 Awards are now open. Read the guidelines and find out how to enter.

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

Read the latest media releases

Library Shop stall at Queensland Literary Awards 2019

Read about the judging process 

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Queensland Literary Awards trophies

Congratulations to the 2018 Queensland Literary Award winners and finalists!

 

 

Stay up to date with the 2020 program by following the Queensland Literary Awards on Facebook and Twitter.  

To contact 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