Queensland Literary Awards Frequently Asked Questions

For the published book categories, books published between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020 will be eligible. 

No. Nominations for this category can by authored by any Australian citizen or permanent resident. However, eligible works should have content primarily focused on documenting important Queensland stories, history or voices. Any work by a Queensland author could be deemed of state significance if it has increased the awareness and profile of Queensland writing. 

Yes. Self-published books are eligible for the Published Book Award categories as long as the book and the author meet the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific eligibility criteria. Read the 2020 Guidelines for Published Book Awards for full details.

Generally, to be eligible published books must:

  • be first published between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020
  • have an ISBN
  • be published as a print book, or a digital book that meets all other requirements
  • be available for general sale in Australia.

The spirit of the unpublished manuscript awards is to support emerging writers to complete and publish their first significant book.  

For the purpose of the unpublished manuscript awards, an emerging writer is defined as a writer without commercial publication of any significant written full-length work by a trade publisher or other conventional publisher (for example, a novel or non-fiction book, published script/play, collection of poetry or collection of short stories).

Emerging writers must not have an existing binding publishing contract for a full-length work or be in current contractual negotiations.

Authors that have published or self-published a full-length work are not eligible.

The judging panels will make the final decision on a nomination’s eligibility.

We understand some writers may have previously published individual short stories, poems, articles or essays in magazines, journals, anthologies or newspapers in print or online.

These authors are eligible to enter the unpublished manuscript awards.

Authors that have published or self-published a full-length work are not eligible.

Yes. You must meet the author requirements for both of these award categories.

No. Judges do not provide feedback on individual nominations.

Please contact the writers centre in your state for information, advice and support. 

Queensland Writers Centre is available by contacting admin@qldwriters.org.au.

Yes. Please contact State Library of Queensland on qla@slq.qld.gov.au to arrange alternative payment options. 

To be eligible for a fee exemption, the author of the nominated work must be the holder of one of the following concession cards:

  • Australian Senior and Pensioner card holders
  • Full-time tertiary student card holders  
  • Australian Government card holders (e.g. Health Care Card)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs card holders

Proof of fee exemption must be supplied.

To complete your nomination, please upload proof of fee exemption with the online form, or provide a photocopy of the eligible card inside the package when sending five copies of your nominated book.

If fee exemption applies to your entry, use the Published Book Award – no fee online nomination form.

Yes. You can nominate the same book in different categories as long as the book and the author meet the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific eligibility criteria for each category.

 

For fee-paying nominations: 

You will need to complete a separate nomination for each category you wish to enter. You may submit up to 10 nominations on each online form. 

You will need to supply five copies of the nominated book for each category and pay the nomination fee for each category.

For electronic and Internet only nominations, send only one USB containing the three separate file versions of the book’s digital file (.ePub, .mobi and PDF formats).

 

For fee-exempt nominations: 

On the online nomination form, use the drop down menu to select all the categories you wish to enter.

You will need to supply five copies of the nominated book for each category. 

For electronic and Internet only nominations, send only one USB containing the three separate file versions of the book’s digital file (.ePub, .mobi AND PDF formats).

If you are a publisher nominating a number of books for the awards, you have the option to include up to ten titles per online form and pay all the nomination fees by credit card in one lump sum.

Please contact State Library of Queensland on qla@slq.qld.gov.au to arrange alternative payment options. 

If you are nominating your own book, list yourself as the nominator and author.

The nominator can also be a publisher, agent or interested third party. In this case, please put your own contact details (not the author's). You must seek permission from the author before nominating their book. 

All further information and correspondence about the nomination will be with the nominator.

Yes. You can hand-deliver books to the Reception Welcome Desk on Level 1 at State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane between 10am and 5pm.

Please clearly mark the package: Attn. Queensland Literary Awards, State Library of Queensland.

You must still complete other requirements online. It may take two weeks to process your entry after delivery.

You will receive an email confirmation once your nomination is complete.

Please do not deliver entries to the Queensland Writers Centre on Level 2.

No. Both the author and illustrator must meet the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific eligibility criteria.

 

 

No. Books and manuscripts submitted as part of your nomination will not be returned.

The copies supplied with the nomination are distributed to the category judges for assessing the nomination, and one copy is kept by State Library of Queensland for a record of the nominations. 

At the end of the awards cycle, State Library may use selected books to build collections. Any remaining books are donated to charity. 

Shortlisted books and finalists 

Shortlists will be announced in August 2020. 

The nominators of finalists will be contacted by State Library staff before the shortlist is announced. 

All nominators will be notified by email once the shortlists are publicly available.

 

Winners

The winners in all categories will be announced at the awards ceremony in September. 

Winners will be contacted by State Library staff prior to the award ceremony.

Travel assistance will be offered to winners to attend the ceremony in Brisbane, Queensland. 

 

Queensland Writers Fellowships

There is no shortlist for the Queensland Writers Fellowships.