Queensland Literary Awards Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about nominating for the Queensland Literary Awards. 

The 2019 Queensland Literary Awards Guidelines contain all the details on how to enter and the terms and conditions of entry.

If you still have questions about the awards, please contact the State Library of Queensland on 07 3840 7415 or email qla@slq.qld.gov.au

People's Choice Award 

The shortlist for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year will be announced on 30 August. 

The finalists in the running for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year will be contacted in August before the shortlist is announced.  

Voting will be from 30 August to 14 October. The winner will be notified two weeks prior to the awards ceremony. 

 

Shortlisted books and finalists 

The shortlist for all other categories will be announced 30 September 2019. 

The nominators of finalists will be contacted by State Library staff in September 2019 before the shortlist is announcement. 

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 November. 

The winners will be contacted by State Library staff two weeks 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.

Successful applicants will be notified two weeks prior to the award ceremony.

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 2019 Queensland Literary Awards Guidelines for full details.

Generally, to be eligible published books must

  • be first published between 1 June 2018 and 31 May 2019
  • 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.

1. Complete the nomination form online.

After you have read the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards Guidelines in full and determined you are eligible, enter your book via the online nomination form on the State Library website.

Make sure you have read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Entry which are included in the Guidelines. 

 

2. Pay the nomination fee.  Enter in April to save $10 with the Early Bird discount.

At the end of the nomination form you will be required to pay the nomination fee via credit card if you are nominating in the Published Book Award categories.

Some exemptions apply for concession card-holders. Please see How does the concession card fee exemption work?

 

3. Submit your books.

Send five copies of the nominated book to State Library of Queensland for every category entered.

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

The nomination is not complete until the books are received. 

Nominations can be posted, couriered or hand delivered. Please refer to the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards Guidelines for the correct address.

 

4. Await confirmation.

You will receive an email from the State Library of Queensland once all parts of your entry have been received and your nomination is complete.

Please allow one week for your nomination to be processed after the books are received at the State Library of Queensland. 

Yes. Please contact the State Library of Queensland on ph 07 3840 7415 or by email to qla@slq.qld.gov.au to discuss 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
  • Tertiary student card holders (e.g. ISIC)
  • Australian Government card holders (e.g. unemployed, healthcare cards)
  • Australian Government 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, you can 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 $50 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.

Alternatively, you may use the “no fee” form and contact the State Library of Queensland to request an invoice for the total fees.

Please phone 07 3840 7415 or email qla@slq.qld.gov.au for more details. 

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.

It may take up to one week 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. Nominations for this category can by authored by any Australian citizen or permanent resident.  

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

 

 

No. In the case of digital literature, works that are authored and produced by more than one artist would be considered as co-authored or co-created.

This is defined as joint responsibility by two or more authors or creators for the entire work.

All authors and creators, including co-authors or co-creators, of the narrative must meet the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific criteria, this includes being Australian citizens or permanent residents.

 

 

There is no nomination form or entry fee for this award.

Queensland authored nominations in The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award and The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award categories are automatically eligible for this award.

For the purposes of this award, a Queensland author is someone who has lived in Queensland for at least the past three years or is a Queensland-born author who continues to strongly identify with the state.

The Queensland Literary Awards judges select the shortlist from the eligible nominations. The judges select books they feel are of the highest quality, will have the most popular appeal for readers and/or tell a unique and important Queensland story.

Up to four fiction books and four non-fiction books will make up the shortlist.

The public then votes for their favourite shortlisted book to determine the winner.

The nomination which receives the most votes wins the prize.

The shortlist for this award will be announced on 30 August 2019.

Voting will be on the State Library of Queensland website from 30 August to 14 October 2019.

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 the State Library of Queensland for a record of the nominations. 

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

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.

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 on 07 3842 9922 or by contacting admin@qldwriters.org.au.

Yes. You must meet the general eligibility criteria and the category-specific eligibility criteria for both categories.