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Queensland Literary Awards 2021 finalists announced

Queensland Literary Awards 2021 finalists announced

The finalists of the 2021 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced, recognising both renowned and emerging literary talents across Australia.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of both published and unpublished authors and offer fellowships and development awards.

The winners will be announced at 6pm on Thursday 9 September via the State Library’s website and Facebook.  

 

Check out the finalists for 2021:

QUEENSLAND PREMIER'S AWARD FOR A WORK OF STATE SIGNIFICANCE

Car Crash, Lech Blain (Black Inc.)

Ordinary Matter, Laura Elvery (University of Queensland Press)

Biting The Clouds, Fiona Foley (University of Queensland Press)

A Question of Colour, Pattie Lees with Adam C Lees (Magabala)

Change Machine, Jaya Savige (University of Queensland Press)

QUEENSLAND PREMIER’S YOUNG PUBLISHERS AND WRITERS AWARD

Rebecca Cheers

Allanah Hunt

Jonathan O'Brien

Ellen Wengert

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND FICTION BOOK AWARD

Friends & Dark Shapes, Kavita Bedford (Text Publishing)  

Revenge: Murder in Three Parts, S.L. Lim (Transit Lounge) 

The Labyrinth, Amanda Lohrey (Text Publishing)  

The Last Migration, Charlotte McConaghy (Penguin Random House) 

Song of the Crocodile, Nardi Simpson (Hachette)  

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND NON-FICTION BOOK AWARD

Car Crash: A Memoir, Lech Blaine (Black Inc.)

Into the Loneliness: The Unholy Alliance of Ernestine Hill and Daisy Bates, Eleanor Hogan (Newsouth Books)

Truth Telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement, Henry Reynolds (NewSouth Books) 

Amnesia Road, Luke Stegemann (NewSouth Books)

The Carbon Club, Marian Wilkinson (Allen & Unwin)  

CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, Sami Bayly (Hachette)

How to Make a Bird, Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Matt Ottley (Walker Books)

The Stolen Prince of Cloudburst, Jaclyn Moriarty and illustrated by Kelly Canby (Allen & Unwin)

We are Wolves, Katrina Nannestad and illustrated by Martina Heiduczek (ABC Books)

Bindi, Kirli Saunders and illustrated by Dub Leffler (Magabala)

GRIffiTH UNIVERSITY YOUNG ADULT BOOK AWARD

The End of the World is Bigger than Love, Davina Bell (Text Publishing)

Tiger Daughter, Rebecca Lim (Allen & Unwin) 

The Boy from the Mish, Gary Lonesborough (Allen & Unwin)

Metal Fish, Falling Snow, Cath Moore (Text Publishing)

The Erasure, Sarah Epstein (Allen & Unwin)

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND STEELE RUDD AWARD FOR A SHORT STORY COLLECTION

Ordinary Matter, Laura Elvery (University of Queensland Press)  

Smokehouse, Melissa Manning (University of Queensland Press)  

Smart Ovens for Lonely People, Elizabeth Tan (Brio Books)

Born Into This, Adam Thompson (University of Queensland Press)

Broken Rules and Other Stories, Barry Lee Thompson (Transit Lounge)

JUDITH WRIGHT CALANTHE AWARD FOR A POETRY COLLECTION

Dropbear, Evelyn Araluen (University of Queensland Press)

Airplane Baby Banana Blanket, Benjamin Dodds (Recent Work Press)

Change Machine, Jaya Savige (University of Queensland Press)

Homecoming, Elfie Shiosaki (Magabala Books)

Terminally Poetic, Ouyang Yu (Ginninderra Press)

DAVID UNAIPON AWARD FOR AN EMERGING ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WRITER

'Politiks', Chella Goldwin

'Mekauwe=Tears Volume #1 (Notes for Song) 1970-2020', Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman of Water) Georgina Williams

GLENDOWER AWARD FOR AN EMERGING QUEENSLAND WRITER

On the Exhale, Jason Gent

The Whitewash, Siang Lu

The Luminous Heart, Natalie Sprite 

It's Chemical, Lillian Telford

THE COURIER-MAIL PEOPLE’S CHOICE QUEENSLAND BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD

All Our Shimmering Skies, Trent Dalton (HarperCollins Publishers)

With My Little Eye, Sandra Hogan (Allen & Unwin)

Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador Australia)

From Where I Fell, Susan Johnson (Allen & Unwin)

Banks, Grantlee Kieza (ABC Books)

A Question of Colour, Pattie Lees with Adam C Lees (Magabala Books)

Mary's Last Dance: The untold story of the wife of Mao's Last Dancer, Mary Li (Penguin Random House)

All the Murmuring Bones, A.G. Slatter (Titan Books)