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Qld Literary Awards 2022 shortlists

The shortlists for the 2022 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)

Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

Nonfiction Book Award ($15,000)

Children’s Book Award ($15,000)

  • My Brother Ben (Peter Carnavas, UQP)
  • A Glasshouse of Stars (Shirley Marr, Puffin)
  • Kunyi (Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Magabala)
  • The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name (Sandhya Parappukkaran, illus by Michelle Pereira, HGCP)
  • The First Scientists (Corey Tutt, illus by Blak Douglas, Hardie Grant Explore)

Young Adult Book Award ($15,000)

  • Girls in Boys’ Cars (Felicity Castagna, Pan)
  • Katipo Joe: Wolf’s lair (Brian Falkner, Scholastic)
  • Morrison and Mr Moore (Michael Hyde, In Case of Emergency Press)
  • Social Queue (Kay Kerr, Text)
  • Sugar (Carly Nugent, Text)

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

  • Dark as Last Night (Tony Birch, UQP)
  • The Kindness of Birds (Merlinda Bobis, Spinifex Press)
  • The Burnished Sun (Mirandi Riwoe, UQP)
  • If You’re Happy (Fiona Robertson, UQP)
  • Lake Malibu and Other Stories (Su-May Tan, Spineless Wonders)

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

  • TAKE CARE (Eunice Andrada, Giramondo)
  • Statis Shuffle (Pam Brown, Hunter Publishers)
  • accelerations & inertias (Dan Disney, Vagabond)
  • At the Altar of Touch (Gavin Yuan Gao, UQP)
  • Bees Do Both: An antagonist’s carepack (Ann Vickery, Vagabond)

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($15,000)

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

  • ‘Finding Billy Brown’ by Edoardo Crismani
  • ‘Wawun, Judulu and The Big Storm’ by Julie-Ann ‘Garrimaa’ Moore
  • ‘Always Will Be–stories of Goori sovereignty, from the future(s) of the Tweed’ by Mykaela Saunders
  • Untitled by Rick Slager
  • ‘Unplanned Journey: A personal account of one Indigenous woman’s life’ by Aunty Joan Tranter

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

  • ‘Do you like the artist Georgia O’Keeffe?’ by A E Macleod
  • ‘The Interventions’ by John Richards
  • ‘Sunshowers’ by Emily Winter
  • ‘Things Left Unsaid’ by Yen-Ron Wong 

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

  • Rebecca Cheers
  • Marilena Hewitt
  • Miranda Hine
  • Sean West.

The winners will be announced via livestream on Thursday, 8 September on the State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) website and Facebook Live. Voting for the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award closes 15 August.

For more information, see the SLQ website.


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