Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance

2020 Shortlist

Congratulations to the finalists!

Heartland: How Rugby League Explains Queensland by Joe Gorman (UQP)

Judges' comments

Superbly written, Heartland is a compelling insight into rugby league’s State of Origin and the role it plays in the identity of Queensland. Gorman moves the narrative seamlessly, shining a light on key individuals and events within a social and political context. This is an outstanding work of literary non-fiction.

Meet me at Lennon's by Melanie Myers (UQP)

Judges' comments 

First time novelist Myers has produced a strong work of fiction. A dual narrative, set both in contemporary Brisbane and in the early 1940s effortlessly shifting between the two. With a strong female cast, it provides both an insight into wartime Brisbane and explores the enduring legacy of violence against women.

Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe (UQP)

Judges' comments 

An impressive and accomplished work of literary fiction, Riwoe’s prose is lucidly crisp, poetic and a pleasure to read. An engaging tale of outsiders, the novel explores a lesser known story of the many Chinese migrants who settled in Queensland, and the intense discrimination and hardships they suffered. 

Hearing Maud by Jessica White (UWA Publishing)

Judges' comments 

Drawing inspiration from the story of Maud Praed, the deaf daughter of Queensland novelist Rosa Praed, White explores the challenges of being deaf in a hearing world. An intriguing and revealing insight into deafness and deaf culture, ultimately White finds her refuge in writing and, in so doing, finds her own voice.