The Queensland Literary Awards celebrate and promote outstanding Australian writers. State Library of Queensland proudly manages the Queensland Literary Awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.

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History of the awards

The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a not-for-profit association of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The Awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. The 2012 and 2013 Awards were made possible by the generosity and commitment of many partners, donors and volunteers.

The 2012 and 2013 Awards were overseen by a Committee consisting of; Chair Dr Stuart Glover, Treasurer Brian Tucker, Secretary Megan Reeder Hope, and committee members Alex Adsett, Greg Bain, Matthew Condon, Susan Johnson, Jason McKenzie, Krissy Kneen, Elizabeth Reynolds, and Manager Claire Booth.

The QLA was created through positive community action and developed a highly visible national profile, receiving extensive media coverage and positive community acceptance in Queensland and throughout Australia. In both 2012 and 2013 the program was run by a volunteer workforce, and this grassroots approach resulted in significant engagement with the community and the industry.

Following consultation with the QLA Governing Committee in 2014 the management of the QLA transitioned to the State Library of Queensland (SLQ).

In 2015 Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the Queensland Government would once again provide ongoing support for the Awards.

SLQ continues to proudly manage the Queensland Literary Awards in collaboration with sponsors, industry partners and the writing community.


The Queensland Literary Awards recognise outstanding achievement by Australian writers. All nominations are checked for eligibility by State Library of Queensland staff and forwarded to the category judges.

Each category is assessed by a panel of independent judges, with a minimum of three judges assigned to each category. Judges are invited by State Library of Queensland on a three-year term, and are subject to an internal vetting process. Panels are made up of a mix of authors, critics, academics, publishers, media professionals, editors, librarians, reviewers, teachers, arts organisation representatives, booksellers and journalists.

Judges have eight weeks to read the nominations, assess the merit of the work, meet and discuss the nominations and decide on the finalists and winners. The judges will award the category prize to the nomination deemed to possess the highest literary merit.

Judges will disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest as soon as they become aware of them, and not participate in judging activities related to that nomination. Judging panels may contact authors or nominators to request additional information if they feel it is required. Judges also have the right to move a nomination to a different category if they deem the category to be more relevant.

The outcomes of the judging process are final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into in regards to final award decisions or the judging process. Queensland Literary Awards reserves the right not to award in a category.

View the 2017 Award Judges here.