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The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. State Library of Queensland proudly manages the Queensland Literary Awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.

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History of the awards

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) were established in 2012 by a not-for-profit association of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. The 2012 and 2013 awards were made possible by the generosity and commitment of many partners, donors and volunteers.

The 2012 and 2013 awards were overseen by a Committee consisting of; Chair Dr Stuart Glover, Treasurer Brian Tucker, Secretary Megan Reeder Hope, and committee members Alex Adsett, Greg Bain, Matthew Condon, Susan Johnson, Jason McKenzie, Krissy Kneen, Elizabeth Reynolds, and Manager Claire Booth.

The QLA was created through positive community action and developed a highly visible national profile, receiving extensive media coverage and positive community acceptance in Queensland and throughout Australia. In both 2012 and 2013, the program was run by a volunteer workforce, and this grassroots approach resulted in significant engagement with the community and the industry.

Following consultation with the QLA Governing Committee in 2014, the management of the QLA transitioned to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

In 2015, Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Queensland Government would once again provide ongoing support for the awards.

SLQ continues to proudly manage the Queensland Literary Awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.