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Queensland Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards (QLAs) have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of state significance ($25,000)

  • The Night Dragon (Matthew Condon, UQP)
  • Boy Swallows Universe (Trent Dalton, Fourth Estate)
  • meditations with passing water (Jake Goetz, Rabbit)
  • Wintering (Krissy Kneen, Text)
  • Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Awards (two awards of $12,500)

  • Ella Jeffery
  • Emily O’Grady
  • Ellen van Neerven
  • Yen-Rong Wong

Fiction ($15,000)

  • Bodies of Men (Nigel Featherstone, Hachette)
  • Too Much Lip (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  • Shell (Kristina Olsson, Scribner)
  • Exploded View (Carrie Tiffany, Text)
  • Daughter of Bad Times (Rohan Wilson, A&U)

Nonfiction ($15,000)

  • Dr Space Junk vs The Universe: Archaeology and the future (Alice Gorman, NewSouth)
  • An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorrell Arnold (Mary Hoban, Scribe)
  • Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the greatest mystery in literature (Stuart Kells, Text)
  • The Eastern Curlew (Harry Saddler, Affirm)
  • Sea People: The puzzle of Polynesia (Christina Thompson, HarperCollins)

Children’s ($15,000)

  • Leave Taking (Lorraine Marwood, UQP)
  • Black Cockatoo (Carl Merrison and Hakea Hustler, Magabala)
  • The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars (Jaclyn Moriarty, A&U)
  • His Name was Walter (Emily Rodda, HarperCollins)
  • Chalk Boy (Margaret Wild and Mandy Ord, A&U)

Young adult ($15,000)

History ($10,000)

  • From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting (Judith Brett, Text)
  • An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorrell Arnold (Mary Hoban, Scribe)
  • Kindred: A Cradle Mountain love story (Kate Legge, MUP)
  • A New History of the Irish in Australia (Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall, NewSouth)
  • You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world (Clare Wright, Text)

Steele Rudd Award for a short story collection ($10,000)

  • Zebra: And other stories (Debra Adelaide, Picador)
  • The True Colour of the Sea (Robert Drewe, Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Drover’s Wives (Ryan O’Neill, Brio)

QUT Digital Literature Award ($15,000)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a poetry collection ($10,000)

  • Hot Take (Liam Ferney, Hunter)
  • Newcastle Sonnets (Keri Glastonbury, Giramondo)
  • That Sight (Marjon Mossammaparast, Cordite)
  • The Lost Arabs (Omar Sakr, UQP)
  • Blakwork (Alison Whittaker, Magabala)

Glendower Award for an emerging Queensland writer ($15,000)

  • ‘Little Birds’ by Sue Goldstiver
  • ‘The Still Point of Being’ by Karen Hollands
  • ‘Apparitions’ by Jack Lio
  • ‘Henry Hamlet’s Heart’ by Rhiannon Ratcliffe Wilde.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on 12 November. The shortlist for the People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year was announced last month.

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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