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Queensland Literary Awards 2016 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • Ghost River (Tony Birch, UQP)
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe)
  • The Midnight Watch (David Dyer, Hamish Hamilton)
  • One (Patrick Holland, Transit Lounge)
  • The Natural Way of Things (Charlotte Wood, A&U)


  • Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru (Madeline Gleeson, NewSouth)
  • Talking to My Country (Stan Grant, HarperCollins)
  • Second Half First (Drusilla Modjeska, Vintage)
  • Island Home (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger (Fiona Wright, Giramondo)

Young Adult

  • The Sidekicks (Will Kostakis, Penguin)
  • Dreaming the Enemy (David Metzenthen, A&U)
  • The Stars at Oktober Bend (Glenda Millard, A&U)
  • One Thousand Hills (James Roy & Noël Zihabamwe, Scholastic)
  • One Would Think the Deep (Claire Zorn, UQP)


  • Suri’s Wall (Lucy Estrela, illus by Matt Ottley, Viking)
  • How the Sun Got to Coco’s House (Bob Graham, Walker Books)
  • Incredibilia (Libby Hathorn, illus by Gaye Chapman, Little Hare)
  • KidGlovz (Julie Hunt, illus by Dale Newman, A&U)
  • Me, Teddy (Chris McKimmie, A&U)


  • Australia and the Great War (V Babkenian & P Stanley Armenia, NewSouth)
  • Australia’s Boldest Experiment: War and Reconstruction in the 1940s (Stuart Macintyre, NewSouth)
  • The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (Julia Martinez & Adrian Vickers, University of Hawaii Press)
  • The Unseen Anzac (Jeff Maynard, Scribe)
  • The Oldest Foods on Earth: A History of Australian Native Foods with Recipes (John Newton, NewSouth)
  • Gay Sydney: A History (Gary Wotherspoon, NewSouth)

Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

  • Six Bedrooms (Tegan Bennett Daylight, Vintage)
  • An Astronaut’s Life (Sonja Dechian, Text)
  • A Few Days in the Country and Other Stories (Elizabeth Harrower, Text)
  • Portable Curiosities (Julie Koh, UQP)
  • The High Places (Fiona McFarlane, Hamish Hamilton)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

  • Year of the Wasp (Joel Deane, Hunter Publishers)
  • Content (Liam Ferney, Hunter Publishers)
  • The Hazards (Sarah Holland-Batt, UQP)
  • Anatomy of Voice (David Musgrave, GloriaSMH Press)
  • Not Fox Nor Axe (Chloe Wilson, Hunter Publishers)

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (Nadia Buick & Madeleine King, The Fashion Archives)
  • All Fall Down (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and Death (Elspeth Muir, Text)
  • The Long Goodbye (P J Parker, Hardie Grant)
  • Not Just Black and White (Lesley and Tammy Williams, UQP)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards

  • Emily Craven
  • Sam George-Allen
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Michelle Law
  • Andrew McMillen

Unpublished Indigenous Writer—David Unaipon Award

  • Paul Collis for ‘Dancing Home’
  • B A Quakawoot for ‘The Song of Jessica Perkins’
  • Yvonne Weldon for ‘67 Days’

Emerging Queensland Writer—Manuscript Award

  • H E Crampton for ‘The Boatman’
  • Laura Elvery for ‘The Elements’

The Courier-Mail 2016 People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year

  • Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (Nadia Buick & Madeleine King, The Fashion Archives)
  • All Fall Down (Matt Condon, UQP)
  • Day Boy (Trent Jamieson, Text)
  • The Landing (Susan Johnson, A&U)
  • Swimming Home (Mary-Rose MacColl, A&U)
  • The Promise Seed (Cass Moriarty, UQP)
  • Wasted: A Story of Alcohol, Grief and Death (Elspeth Muir, Text)
  • Dying: A Memoir (Cory Taylor, Text).

The winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony on 5 October. Voting for the People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year is open until 26 September.

The QLAs are managed by the State Library of Queensland, which took over from the volunteer QLA Committee in 2014. For more information about the awards, visit the website here.


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