Increase in prize money for 2018 Queensland Literary Awards
Prize money for the Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) and Queensland Writers Fellowships will be boosted this year, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000.
The QLA aims to ‘raise the profile of Queensland writers and outstanding books by Australian authors’, as well as ‘build connections with readers, the literary community and supporters’ and ‘attract investment in writers through cash prizes, Fellowships and paid professional development’.
Several of the prize categories have had their prize money increased from $10,000 to $15,000, including the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, which celebrates 30 years this year, and the QUT Digital Literature Award, which is now in its second year.
‘I’m pleased to note the success of the QLAs, and the Queensland government’s commitment to match the sponsorship funding across the Queensland Literary Awards which has helped to generate more investment from the private sector,’ said Queensland minister for the arts, Leeanne Enoch.
Nominations for this year’s awards close on 31 May 2018, with the winners announced at a ceremony in October. Several awards are open to all Australian writers, while some awards are reserved for Queensland writers only.
For more information, and to see the full list of award categories, see the QLA website.