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Queensland Literary Awards 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:


  • The Birdman’s Wife (Melissa Ashley, Affirm Press)
  • Vancouver (Nick Earls, Inkerman & Blunt)
  • A Hundred Small Lessons (Ashley Hay, A&U)
  • The Good People (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • The Museum of Modern Love (Heather Rose, A&U)


  • Songs of a War Boy (Deng Adut & Ben Mckelvey, Hachette)
  • Ghost Empire (Richard Fidler, HarperCollins)
  • For a Girl (Mary-Rose MacColl, A&U)
  • Position Doubtful (Kim Mahood Scribe)
  • Saltwater (Cathy McLennan, UQP)

Young Adult

  • The Hounded (Simon Butters, Wakefield Press)
  • Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley, Pan Macmillan)
  • The Bone Sparrow (Zana Fraillon, Hachette)
  • The Road to Winter (Mark Smith, Text)
  • This is My Song (Richard Yaxley, Scholastic)


  • Somewhere Else (Gus Gordon, Viking)
  • A Different Dog (Paul Jennings, A&U)
  • How to Bee (Bren MacDibble, A&U)
  • Dragonfly Song (Wendy Orr, A&U)
  • The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler (Lisa Shanahan, A&U)


  • The Tim Carmody Affair: Australia’s Greatest Judicial Crisis (Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, Gabrielle Appleby & Andrew Lynch, NewSouth)
  • Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney (Paul Irish, NewSouth)
  • Evatt: A Life (John Murphy, NewSouth)
  • Into the Heart of Tasmania (Rebe Taylor, MUP)

Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection

  • Letter to Pessoa (Michelle Cahill, Giramondo)
  • The Circle and the Equator (Kyra Giorgi, UWAP)
  • After the Carnage (Tara June Winch, UQP)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection

  • Euclid’s Dog (Jordie Albiston, GloriaSMH Press)
  • Meteorites (Carmen Leigh Keates, Whitmore Press)
  • Fragments (Antigone Kefala, Giramondo)
  • The Blue Decodes (Cassie Lewis, Grand Parade Poets)
  • These Wild Houses (Omar Sakr, Cordite Books)

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance

  • Little Fish Are Sweet (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • For a Girl (Mary-Rose MacColl, A&U)
  • Saltwater (Cathy McLennan, UQP)
  • The Daintree Blockade: The Battle for Australia’s Tropical Rainforests (Bill Wilkie, Four Mile Books)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards

  • Lech Blaine
  • Mindy Gill
  • Anna Jacobson
  • Emily O’Grady
  • Bonnie Stevens

Unpublished Indigenous Writer—David Unaipon Award

  • Alicia Farmer for ‘Mai Stori’
  • Lisa Fuller for ‘Mirrored Pieces’

Emerging Queensland Writer—Manuscript Award

  • Anna Jacobson for ‘How to Knit a Human’
  • Janet Lee for ‘The Killing of Louisa’
  • Ben Marshall for ‘The Fox’
  • Siall Waterbright for ‘The Coming’.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 4 October.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the shortlist for the People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year has been announced and voting is open until 25 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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