About us

The Queensland Literary Awards are one of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes, recognising excellence in writing across a range of genres. The Awards are presented annually by the Queensland Government, through the state’s premier arts organisation, Queensland Arts.

The Awards are open to all Queensland-based writers, regardless of experience or publication history.

The Awards aim to:

  • Encourage and reward outstanding literary achievement by Queensland writers
  • Promote the value and benefits of literature and reading to the Queensland community
  • Increase the profile of Queensland literature within Australia and internationally.

The Awards are supported by a range of partners, including major sponsor the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the State Library of Queensland, Griffith University, UQP, HarperCollins Publishers and the Queensland Writers Centre.

  1. The Awards are judged by an expert panel of writers, editors, publishers, critics and academics, who consider each entry on its merits.
  2. The Awards offer a total prize pool of $160,000, making them one of the richest literary prizes in Australia.
  3. The Awards are presented at a gala event in Brisbane, which is attended by writers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, media and members of the general public.
  4. The Awards are an important part of Queensland Arts’ commitment to supporting and promoting the state’s vibrant literary culture.

For more information about the Awards, visit the Queensland Literary Awards website.