Winners and finalists

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2017 Awards.

2017 winners

The Queensland Literary Awards ceremony was hosted by the State Library of Queensland on 4 October.

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 Daintree Blockade: The Battle for Australia's Tropical Rainforests, by Bill Wilkie (Four Mile Books)

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

  • Lech Blaine
  • Mindy Gill

The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding work of fiction by an Australian writer

Prize: $10,000

  • The Birdman's Wife by Melissa Ashley (Affirm Press)

The University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding work of non-fiction by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • Saltwater by Cathy McLennan (UQP)

Griffith University Children’s Book Award

Awarded to a work, suitable for children up to 12 years of age, by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan (Allen & Unwin)

Griffith University Young Adult Book Award

Awarded to a work, suitable for young adults aged 13 to 19, by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • Words in Deep Blue  by Cath Crowley (Pan Macmillan)

University of Southern Queensland History Book Award

Awarded to an outstanding non-fiction history book by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor (MUP)

University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award

Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • The Circle and the Equator by Kyra Giorgi (UWA Publishing)

State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award

Awarded to an outstanding collection of poetry by an Australian writer.

Prize: $10,000

  • Fragments by Antigone Kefala (Giramondo)

QUT Digital Literature Award

Awarded to an exceptional work of transmedia or digital literature showcasing innovation in storytelling.

Prize: $10,000

  • Nine Billion Branches by Jason Nelson

Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award

Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer. This category is sponsored by the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) through the CAL Cultural Fund and supported by The University of Queensland Press.

Prize: $10,000, plus manuscript development and publication with UQP.

  • Mirrored Pieces by Lisa Fuller

Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award

Awarded for an outstanding manuscript by an unpublished Queensland writer. This category is supported by Queensland Writers Centre and The University of Queensland Press.

Prize: $10,000 plus manuscript development and publication with UQP.

  • The Killing of Louisa by Janet Lee

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

  • Zenobia Frost for Museum of Dwellings
  • Linda Neil for People are Kind
  • Mirandi Riwoe for A Gold Mountain Woman

The Courier Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award

Awarded to an outstanding book by a Queensland author.  The winner of the Award is determined by public vote.

Prize: $10,000

Winner: Saltwater by Cathy McLennan (UQP)

Past winners

View the previous winners of the Queensland Literary Awards.

2016 winners

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the various Queensland Literary Awards, the Queensland Writers Fellowships, and winner of The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year, Mary-Rose MacColl.

2015 winners

In 2015, winners including Libby Connors and John Ahern were announced across eleven Award categories plus The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year and the Queensland Writers Fellowships.

2014 winners

Winners across the ten Queensland Literary Award categories offered in the year 2014 included Richard Flanagan, David Malouf and Kellee Slater.

2013 winners

Eleven authors won awards across this year's Queensland Literary Award categories offered in the year 2013 included Kate Moreton, Kristina Olsson and Ellen van Neerven.

2012 winners

Fourteen authors, including Frank Moorhouse, George Megalogenis and Janette Turner Hospital, were winners of Queensland Literary Awards in the awards' inaugural year.