Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance

2019 Shortlist 

Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance

Congratulations to the finalists. 

The Night Dragon (UQP) by Matthew Condon

Judges' comments

The Night Dragon confirms Matt Condon as one of the most important chroniclers of Queensland’s recent history. He is meticulous in his research and, using his skill as a fiction writer, takes the reader on a journey through what is an extraordinary story that is both shocking and enthralling.

 

Boy Swallows Universe (HarperCollins) by Trent Dalton  

Judges' comments 

A sweeping family story, Boy Swallows Universe is uniquely Brisbane in flavour. Dark and frightening at times, its strength is in its uncompromising representation of flawed characters. Through the eyes of Eli Bell, it is a story of resilience and survival and ultimately of family love. 

meditations with passing water (Rabbit) by Jake Goetz  

Judges' comments 

Contemplative and lyrical, this work of long-form poetry mediates on the river as it meanders its way through Brisbane. Using a mix of poetic techniques and superb imagery it grapples both with the geography and history of Brisbane, providing a deep sense of place that is truly immersive.   

Wintering (Text) by Krissy Kneen  

Judges' comments 

A fine piece of storytelling, Kneen is at her confident best in Wintering. A literary thriller, this is a dark and gripping tale which both intrigues and beguiles the reader. This work of fiction demonstrates Kneen’s contribution to both Queensland and the national literary landscape.

Too Much Lip (UQP) by Melissa Lucashenko

Judges' comments 

An original, contemporary and ambitious work, Too Much Lip crackles with energy. Written with insight and humour this is gritty and clever storytelling which tackles serious issues and gives voice to those often silenced and marginalised. In Too Much Lip, Lucashenko confirms her place in the canon of Queensland writing.