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Queensland Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) were announced on 23 October.

The winning titles in each category are:

Fiction ($15,000)

  • Taboo (Kim Scott, Picador)

Nonfiction ($15,000)

  • Tracker (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)

Young adult ($15,000)

  • In the Dark Spaces (Cally Black, Hardie Grant Egmont)

Children’s ($15,000)

  • The Elephant (Peter Carnavas, UQP)

History ($10,000)

  • We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 (Jackie Ryan, UQP)

Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection ($10,000)

  • Pulse Points (Jennifer Down, Text)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection ($10,000)

  • I Love Poetry (Michael Farrell, Giramondo)

Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance ($25,000)

  • We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 (Jackie Ryan, UQP)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (joint winners, $10,000 each)

  • Anna Jacobson
  • Bri Lee

Unpublished Indigenous Writer—David Unaipon Award ($15,000)

  • Kirstie Parker for ‘The Making of Ruby Champion’

Emerging Queensland Writer—unpublished manuscript award ($15,000)

  • Melanie Myers for ‘Garrison Town’

Digital literature award ($15,000)

People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

  • Brisbane Houses with Gardens (Beth Wilson, self-published)

Queensland Writers Fellowships ($15,000 each)

  • Michael Gerard Bauer for ‘Gaps and Silences’
  • Laura Elvery for ‘Medallion’
  • Jackie Ryan for ‘Alfred Russel Wallace: Optimist and Dissenter’.

The winners were chosen from shortlists announced in September. Prize money for the QLAs and Queensland Writers Fellowships was boosted this year, with total prize money increasing from $205,000 to $240,000, and several categories having their prize money increased from $10,000 to $15,000.

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.

 

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