Guidelines

The Queensland Literary Awards recognise the literary achievements of published Queensland and Australian authors and celebrate and promote contemporary Australian books and writing.

Awards are presented in categories for published works and include development awards and prizes for young and emerging writers and unpublished manuscripts.

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2018 Award categories

Key dates

Published book awards

QUT Digital Literature Award

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards

Queensland Writers Fellowships

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

Terms and conditions of entry

The judging process

How to submit your nomination

Nomination fees

Information and enquiries

Frequently Asked Questions

Download the guidelines

2018 award categories

Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance
Awarded to an outstanding work, by an Australian writer, focused on documenting, discussing or highlighting a uniquely Queensland story.
Prize: $25,000

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
Awarded to a work by an Australian writer suitable for young adults 13 to 19 years of age.
Prize: $15,000

Griffith University Children’s Book Award
Awarded to a work by an Australian writer suitable for children up to 12 years of age.
Prize: $15,000

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award
Awarded to an outstanding non-fiction history book by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of short stories by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.
Prize: $10,000

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
Awarded to an outstanding book by a Queensland author. The shortlist for this award is selected by the judges from eligible nominations in The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award and The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award categories. The public then have the opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted book to determine the winner. The nomination which receives the most votes wins the prize.
Voting will open on 31 August.
Prize: $10,000

QUT Digital Literature Award
Awarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling by an Australian writer.
Prize: $15,000

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards
Awarded to two (2) outstanding Queensland writers up to 30 years of age.
Prize: two awards of $10,000 plus career development support to the value of $2,500 each

This category is supported by Queensland Writers Centre.

Queensland Writers Fellowships
Awarded to three (3) established Queensland authors to advance a writing project over a 12 month period.
Prize: three Fellowships of $15,000 each

This category is sponsored by Arts Queensland and State Library of Queensland and supported by the Queensland Writers Centre.

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award
Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer.
Prize: $15,000 plus manuscript development and publication with the University of Queensland Press.

This category is sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and supported by the University of Queensland Press.

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer
Awarded for an outstanding unpublished manuscript by an unpublished Queensland writer.
Prize: $15,000 plus manuscript development and publication with the University of Queensland Press.

This category is sponsored by Jenny Summerson and supported by the University of Queensland Press.

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Key Dates 2018

06 April         Nominations open, 9am

31 May          Nominations close, 5pm

31 August     Shortlist announced

31 August     Online voting opens for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award

01 October    Online voting closes for The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award, 5pm

23 October    Winners announced at the Queensland Literary Awards Ceremony  at the State Library of Queensland

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Published book awards

General eligibility criteria

This general eligibility criteria should be read in conjunction with the category specific criteria.

Eligible works must be

To be eligible, authors must be

Other eligibility information

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Category specific criteria

Nominations in the published book categories must comply with both the general eligibility criteria listed above, and to the category specific criteria.

Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

Griffith University Children’s Book Award

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award

University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year
Nominations for this award are automatically generated from Queensland authored nominations in The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award and The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award categories.

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QUT Digital Literature Award

The QUT Digital Literature Award showcases innovation and creativity in storytelling for digital media, and new directions in contemporary literary practice informed by technology. This award is open to all original works of digital literature (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, graphic narrative) which are purpose-designed for digital consumption, by Australian writers and creators.

Eligibility criteria

All nominations for the QUT Digital Literature Award must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

Nominated works must be

Authors/creators must be

Other award information

Submitting your nomination

Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards

In support of fostering the next generation of Queensland writers, the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards seek to celebrate and reward strong young Queensland voices.

These awards are open to professional Queensland-based writers and publishers up to 30 years of age with a steady publishing history. Two winners will be awarded in this category, each receiving a prize of $10,000 and career development support to the value of $2,500 each.

The judges are seeking to award these prizes to young Queensland writers who exhibit high quality writing, a track record of publication outcomes and a commitment to developing and sustaining an ongoing career as a writer. Judges are also seeking to recognise young publishers and/or cultural producers with a track record of successful productions that demonstrate a commitment to creating avenues to publish and promote Queensland literature, and who have a commitment to developing a career or creative enterprise in the literary sector.

Eligibility criteria

All nominations for the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Awards must meet the following criteria to be eligible.

Nominated writers must be

Publication history

Other award information

Submitting your nomination

Nominations must be submitted in line with the requirements outlined in the 'How to submit your nomination' section. This includes an online form, and in place of a book or manuscript, please compile the following items into one (1) Word document or PDF and send the file by email as an attachment to qla@slq.qld.gov.au:

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Queensland Writers Fellowships

Queensland Writers Fellowships provide support for outstanding Queensland authors to develop a writing project over a 12 month period. Three (3) Fellowships of $15,000 will be awarded in 2018.

Eligibility criteria

All nominations for the Queensland Writers Fellowships must meet the following criteria to be eligible.

Eligible authors must be

Publication history
Eligible applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record of work as a developing or established author with a strong publication history. Applicants must be able to demonstrate at least one or a combination of the following publication outcomes to be eligible:

Assessment criteria
The fellowship program aims to support Queensland authors in achieving positive outcomes. Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

Award information

Submitting your application:
Applications must be submitted in line with the requirements outlined in the 'How to submit your nomination' section. In the place of an online form, please download and complete the Queensland Writers Fellowships Application Form. Once completed, please email the Application Form as an attachment (Word document or PFD), along with the required Support Material, to qla@slq.qld.gov.au

Your Support Material must include:

Original materials should not be submitted as part of your application, as they cannot be returned to applicants following the judging process.

You will receive a confirmation email from the State Library of Queensland once your complete application has been received and checked for eligibility.

Please note: It is important to be as accurate as possible with all information provided in your application. If you are awarded a Fellowship your application will form part of your funding agreement, and you will be responsible for completing your project as described.

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Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award

David Unaipon was the first Aboriginal author to be published. He was also an early political activist, a scientist, a preacher, and an inventor. David Unaipon was born in Point McLeay (Raukkan) in South Australia and is commemorated on the $50 note.

This award is open to all unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers – those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and who are accepted as such by the communities in which they live or have lived or worked.

The winner of the award receives $15,000 and the offer of a publishing contract with the University of Queensland Press (UQP).

The David Unaipon Award is sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and supported by the University of Queensland Press.

Eligibility criteria

All nominations for the David Unaipon Award must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the award.

Nominated writers must be

The submitted manuscript must be

Award information

How to format your manuscript

Please prepare your nomination using the below format:

Submitting your manuscript

Nominations must be submitted in line with the requirements outlined in the 'How to submit your nomination' section.

Option 1
Complete the online form, and in place of a book, please email your manuscript as a Word document or PDF attachment to qla@slq.qld.gov.au. A copy of your Letter of Confirmation or Statutory Declaration must also be attached to the email.

Option 2
If you are unable to submit your work by email, please complete the online form and post, courier or hand-deliver five (5) printed copies of your complete manuscript and one (1) copy of your Letter of Confirmation or Statutory Declaration to:

If you have any questions about how to submit, please contact the Queensland Literary Awards on 07 3842 9486 or via email at qla@slq.qld.gov.au.

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Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer

This award is open to unpublished Queensland writers.The winner of this award receives $15,000 prize and the offer of a publishing contract with the University of Queensland Press.

This category is sponsored by Jenny Summerson and supported by the University of Queensland Press.

Eligibility criteria

All nominations for the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this award.

Nominated writers must be

The submitted manuscript must be

Award information

How to format your manuscript

Please prepare your nomination using the below format:

Submitting your manuscript

Nominations must be submitted in line with the requirements outlined in the 'How to submit your nomination' section.

Option 1
Complete the online form, and in place of a book, please email your manuscript and cover page as a Word document or PDF attachment to qla@slq.qld.gov.au.

Option 2
If you are unable to submit your work by email, please complete the online form and post, courier or hand-deliver five (5) printed copies of your complete manuscript and cover page to::

If you have any questions about how to submit, please contact the Queensland Literary Awards on 07 3842 9486 or via email at qla@slq.qld.gov.au.

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Terms and conditions of entry

Privacy Notice
State Library of Queensland collects the minimum personal information necessary to process a nomination and administer the Queensland Literary Awards. We will only use the personal information from the online application form for the purpose for which it has been provided and for directly related purposes such as contacting the applicant, assessing the merits of the nomination and to promote shortlisted and winning nominations. We will not disclose the personal information without the consent of the individual to whom the personal information relates, except for purposes directly related to administering this award program.

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The judging process

Who assesses the nominations?

Each category is assessed by a panel of independent judges, with a minimum of three judges assigned to each category.

Judges are invited by State Library of Queensland on a three-year term, and are subject to an internal vetting process. Panels are made up of a mix of authors, critics, academics, publishers, media professionals, editors, librarians, reviewers, teachers, arts organisation representatives, booksellers and journalists.

Members of the judging panels are listed on qldliteraryawards.org.au

What is the judging process?

Other judging information

The Award Ceremony

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How to submit your nomination

Complete nominations must be received no later than 5pm AEST Thursday 31 May 2018.

Please follow these steps to nominate:

  1. Read the 2018 QLA Guidelines and Terms and Conditions in full before completing your nomination.
  2. Complete the online nomination form and if required, pay your nomination fee/s via credit card.
  3. You may submit up to ten nominations per form. Publishers submitting more than ten nominations may use multiple forms, or refer to the Frequently Asked Question for alternatives.
  4. Send your books / manuscripts to State Library of Queensland
    1. For books published in print, send five (5) copies of the nominated print book per category to the address below. Copies of each title entered must be accompanied by a separate entry form for each category entered.
    2. For electronic and Internet only entries send one (1) USB containing the three (3) separate versions of the book’s digital file (.ePub, .mobi AND PDF formats) to the address below. The USB must be accompanied by a separate entry form for each category entered.
    3. For the Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer, Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award and Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards send the required materials as outlined to qla@slq.qld.gov.au.
    4. For the QUT Digital Literature Award, submit a URL where the work can be read/viewed or instructions for accessing the work on a digital device by email to  qla@slq.qld.gov.au
    5. For the Queensland Writers Fellowships, please download the Application Form and send it, along with the required Support Materials as outlined to qla@slq.qld.gov.au

      Postal address
      Attn: Queensland Literary Awards
      State Library of Queensland
      PO Box 3488
      South Brisbane QLD 4101

      Courier address
      Attn: Queensland Literary Awards
      State Library of Queensland
      Loading Dock, Stanley Place
      South Brisbane QLD 4101

      You can hand-deliver your entry 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.

      Please do not deliver your manuscripts or books to Queensland Writers Centre on Level 2.

      Please note: five (5) copies of each nominated book are required per category entered. These copies are for distribution to the category judges and will not be returned.
  5. An email acknowledgement will be sent to you from QLA once all parts of your nomination have been received. Please note it may take up to one week for your nomination to be processed.

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Nomination fees

A $50 (including GST) nomination fee is required for each nomination submitted in the Published Book Award categories. This fee is paid via credit card as part of your online nomination form.

A fee exemption is available if the author of the nominated work is the holder of one of the following concession cards:

Photocopied proof of the author’s status as a card holder must be submitted with the copies of your books or your nomination will not be eligible for judging.

Information and enquiries

If you have any questions, please contact the Reading and Writing team at the State Library of Queensland on:

Phone: 07 3842 9486
Email: qla@slq.qld.gov.au

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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Can I enter a self-published book?
Yes, self-published books are eligible to enter the published book categories as long as they meet all the relevant eligibility criteria.  Generally, to be eligible published books must:

How do I enter?

I don’t have a credit card. Are there other ways to pay the nomination fee?
Yes, please contact the Reading and Writing team on 07 3842 9486 to discuss alternative payment options.

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

Proof of fee exemption must be supplied. To complete your nomination, please 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 will be directed to a separate online nomination form on the QLA website.

Can I nominate the same book in several categories?
Yes, it’s fine to nominate the same book in a different categories as long as it meets the eligibility criteria for each category. You can submit up to ten nominations on the online form and make payment for all categories entered. You will need to supply five (5) copies of the nominated book for each category you nominate in. For electronic and Internet only entries send only one (1) USB containing the three (3) separate file versions of the book’s digital file (.ePub, .mobi AND PDF formats).

I am nominating a lot of books on behalf of a publishing house, do I have to complete an online form for each one?
If you are a publisher nominating a large number of books for the awards, you have the option to include up to ten nominations 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 QLA team to request an invoice for the total fees. Please contact the QLA team via qla@slq.qld.gov.au or 07 3842 9486 for more details.

Who should be the “Nominator” on my application form?
The Nominator can be the book’s author, a publisher or an agent. If you are nominating your own book, list yourself as the nominator and author. This section is mainly for cases where a third party, such as an agent or publisher is submitting the nomination on the author’s behalf. In this case, the nominator must seek prior permission from the author to nominate their books. It is important to note that whoever is listed as the nominator (and provides their contact details on the form) will be contact person for all further information and correspondence relating to that nomination and the awards.

I live in Brisbane. Can I hand-deliver my entry to State Library of Queensland?
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.

Do you have to be a Queensland-based author to nominate for the Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance?
No, nominees for this category can be based anywhere across Australia.

Can I submit a children’s book that has been written by an Australian, but illustrated by an artist who is not an Australian citizen or resident?
No. In the Children’s Book category, if the winning entry is an illustrated book prizes are split equally between the author and illustrator. Both the author and illustrator must comply with all eligibility criteria.

What is considered an “unpublished writer” for the manuscript awards?
The spirit of these awards is to support emerging writers to complete and publish their first significant book. For the purpose of the two QLA manuscript awards (Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer and David Unaipon Award) an unpublished writer is defined as a writer without commercial publication of any significant written work (book, published script/play, collection of poetry or short stories) by a trade publisher or other conventional publisher.
Unpublished writers must not have an existing binding publishing contract or be in current contractual negotiations.
Authors who have previously published individual short stories, poems, articles or essays in magazines, journals, anthologies or newspapers in print or online are eligible to enter.
Authors that have been successfully self-published other works are not eligible.
The judging panels will make the final decision on a nomination’s eligibility.

Can I apply for both the Queensland Writers Fellowship and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards?
Yes, providing you meed the eligibility criteria for both categories.

How is the shortlist for The Courier Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award selected?
Nominations cannot be submitted directly to this category. The shortlist for this award is selected by the judges of The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award and The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award categories from the nominated books by Queensland authors. 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. These books (usually four from each category) form the shortlist which is then publicised online and voted for by the public to determine the winner.

When and how will the winners be notified?
The nominators of shortlisted authors will be contacted directly by QLA staff in September 2018. All shortlisted authors and their publishers will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony.

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

The final winners in each category will be notified directly by QLA staff two weeks prior to the Award Ceremony. Travel assistance will be offered to winners to attend the Ceremony in Brisbane, Queensland.

Do I get my books back after the Awards?
QLA is unable to return the books and manuscripts posted in as part of your nomination. The five (5) copies supplied are distributed as follows: four (4) copies to the category Judges assessing the nomination, one (1) copy remains with the State Library of Queensland as a record. Any additional books, or books returned by Judges are donated to literacy charities for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).

Can I get feedback on my book / manuscript to help me improve as a writer?
Unfortunately due to the quantity of nominations submitted for the awards, QLA staff and Judges do not have the capacity to provide feedback on individual nominations. Please contact the writers centre in your state for information, advice and support.

Queensland Writers Centre (qldwriters.org.au) is available on 07 3842 9922 or by contacting admin@qldwriters.org.au.

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