Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

2021 Shortlist 

Congratulations to the finalists!

 

'On the Exhale' by Jason Gent

Judges' comments 

'On The Exhale' is a pithy coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of street art, friendships, young love, and finding the courage to be your authentic self. Perfect for reluctant YA readers. An engaging work of narrative verse that consistently surprises with its ease of storytelling and strong, personal voice.

About the author 

Jason Gent is a South Brisbane based writer, 4122 represent! He studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT. During this time Jason had a short play performed by RMIT Union Arts, and helped to create a small press label, Rant, which released two anthologies. He has had a number of short stories published in Australian literary magazines. Jason is a member of Write Links.

'The Whitewash' by Siang Lu

Judges' comments 

'The Whitewash' is experimental storytelling at its best. Lu folds the reader into the incisive and comedic tale about the whitewashing of Asian characters in Hollywood through the perspectives of people involved in a particular fiasco - the replacement of an up-and-coming actor from Hong Kong by a Caucasian actor. The alternating monologues are robust, convincing and carry the necessary amount of drama to make the story cinematic in its quality. 

About the author 

Siang Lu’s fiction and literary reviews have appeared in Southerly and Westerly. He has a Master of Letters from the University of Sydney, and was a 2015-2016 winner of the Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writers’ Mentorship Award.

'The Luminous Heart' by Natalie Sprite 

Judges' comments 

'The Luminous Heart' is a beautifully written semi-autobiographical novel about one woman’s experience of moving to live on a small island off the Queensland coast with her young daughter. It is full of wonderful observations and reflections on human nature, friendships and family, as well as unexpected local drama as our narrator comes to realise she’s now living in one of Australia’s ice capitals.

About the author 

Natalie Sprite was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Literary Award for her novel Grace Notes. She is the winner of several literary fellowships and awards, including a 2016 Asia Link fellowship, the NT Literary Awards and Australia Council grants as both a song writer and a novelist.  Most recently, her work was shortlisted for the 2019 Wollongong Writers Festival Short Story Prize and the 2020 Furphy Award.  Her stories have appeared in anthologies and magazines including Meanjin and Australian Award Winning Writing.

'It's Chemical' by Lillian Telford

Judges' comments 

Lillian Telford’s compelling work of contemporary fiction deals with the timely and important subject of men’s mental health. Exploring denial, the difficulties of seeking help, and the interpersonal connections that sustain us, 'It’s Chemical' invites readers to reflect on the precarity and wellbeing of those we know and love.

About the author

Lillian Telford is a writer and a devoted library fan, living and working on Yugambeh land. She is a current student in the Master of Writing, Editing, and Publishing program at The University of Queensland. In 2021 she was long listed for the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize.  Lillian writes contemporary fiction and social commentary with a focus on pansexuality, trauma, and bookish things.

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