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Queensland Literary Awards 2020 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.

The shortlisted titles in each category are:

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

  •   Heartland: How rugby league explains Queensland (Joe Gorman, UQP)
  •   Meet Me at Lennon’s (Melanie Myers, UQP)
  •   Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP)
  •   Hearing Maud (Jessica White, UWA Publishing)

Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

  •   Act of Grace (Anna Krien, Black Inc.)
  •   Stone Sky Gold Mountain (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP)
  •   The Returns (Philip Salom, Transit Lounge)
  •   The Adversary (Ronnie Scott, Hamish Hamilton)
  •   The Yield (Tara June Winch, Hamish Hamilton)

Nonfiction Book Award ($15,000)

  •   Bedlam at Botany Bay (James Dunk, NewSouth)
  •   Olive Cotton: A life in photography (Helen Ennis, HarperCollins)
  •   Friends and Rivals (Brenda Niall, Text)
  •   Truganini (Cassandra Pybus, A&U)
  •   The Watermill (Arnold Zable, Text)

Children’s Book Award ($15,000)

  •   Detention (Tristan Bancks, Puffin)
  •   Winston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club (Tamsin Janu, Omnibus Books)
  •   Fly (Jess McGeachin, Puffin)
  •   Nop (Caroline Magerl, Walker Books)
  •   As Fast As I Can (Penny Tangey, UQP)

Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)

  •   Deep Water (Sarah Epstein, A&U)
  •   Ghost Bird (Lisa Fuller, UQP)
  •   How to Grow a Family Tree (Eliza Henry-Jones, HarperCollins)
  •   It Sounded Better in My Head (Nina Kenwood, Text)
  •   This Is How We Change the Ending (Vikki Wakefield, Text)

Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection ($15,000)

  •   A Constant Hum (Alice Bishop, Text)
  •   Lucky Ticket (Joey Bui, Text)
  •   The House of Youssef (Yumna Kassab, Giramondo)
  •   A Couple of Things Before the End (Sean O’Beirne, Black Inc.)
  •   Here Until August (Josephine Rowe, Black Inc.)

Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection ($15,000)

  •   Enfolded in the Wings of a Great Darkness (Peter Boyle, Vagabond Press)
  •   Lyre (Stuart Cooke, UWA Publishing)
  •   Heide (Pi.O, Giramondo)
  •   Throat (Ellen van Neerven, UQP)
  •   Nganajungu Yagu (Charmaine Papertalk Green, Cordite Books)

David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Writer ($15,000)

  •   ‘The Space Between the Paperbark’ by Jazz Money (poetry, New South Wales)
  •   ‘Valley of Cane and Crows’ by Boyd Quakawoot (novel, Queensland)
  •   ‘Last Rites of Spring’ by Mykaela Saunders (novel, Victoria)
  •   ‘Burn’ by Melanie Saward (novel, Queensland)

Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer ($15,000)

  •   ‘The Solitary Light’ by Bianca Millroy
  •   ‘Daddy & Other Father Figures’ by Jonathan O’Brien
  •   ‘If You’re Happy’ by Fiona Robertson
  •   ‘Without a Word’ by Jenny Ruge
  •   ‘As We Knew It’ by Siall Waterbright

Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award ($12,500)

  •   Sara El Sayed
  •   Zenobia Frost
  •   Ellen Wengert
  •   Yen-Rong Wong.

The shortlist for the People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award was announced last month.

The winners will be announced in an online event hosted by the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) on Friday, 4 September. For more information about the shortlisted works and writers in each category, visit the SLQ website.



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