Queensland Literary Awards 2018 winners announced

The Queensland Literary Awards are managed by State Library of Queensland to honour outstanding books by Australian authors and champion new writing from young and emerging Queensland writers. Prizes are awarded across 14 categories in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and published and unpublished works.

Adult awards go to non-fiction titles

Beth Wilson won The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award for her book Brisbane Houses with Gardens … an unprecedented history of the Brisbane domestic landscape from pre-1823 to the present day: a fascinating and revealing history of the city through the evolution of its homes and gardens.

Brisbane Houses with Gardens book cover    We'll show the world Expo 88

Above: The Courier Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award and The Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance.

Jackie Ryan’s We’ll Show the World: Expo 88 won the Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Judges praised the meticulous and amusing account of the event that forever shifted perceptions of the sunshine state

Young people’s awards

Peter Carnavas was awarded the Griffith University Children’s Book Award for The Elephant for a work suitable for children up to 12 years old by an Australian writer. Cally Black won the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award for young adults aged 13 to 19 for In the Dark Spaces.

The Elephant by Peter Carnavas    In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black

Above: Winners in the young people’s categories.

The 2018 Queensland Literary Awards mark 30 years of the David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer. Kristie Parker has won the award for The Making of Ruby Champion.

Read about all the winners and more about the authors and their winning titles and the shortlisted titles for some great Australian literature. You can also find a list of past winners.

About the awards

The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian books and authors. They aim to:

  • raise the profile of Queensland writers and outstanding books by Australian authors
  • build connections with readers, the literary community and supporters
  • attract investment in writers through cash prizes, Fellowships and paid professional development

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