Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award shortlist
Lech Blaine is a writer from regional Queensland. He divides his time between Bundaberg and Toowoomba. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the Scribe Non-Fiction prize. In 2017, he was awarded a Griffith Review Queensland Writers Fellowship. He has been published by literary journals such as Griffith Review, Scum, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, Tincture and Voiceworks. Black Inc. will publish his first book Car Crash: A Memoir in 2018.
Lech Blaine’s work is both adventurous and morally profound. He is a prose writer with a unique perspective, with a gravity beyond his years, and a talent which the judges feel will enable him to carry out his aim of rendering his considerable and unique life experiences into writing.
Mindy Gill’s poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Hecate, Mascara Literary Review, Island Magazine, Award Winning Australian Writing, and elsewhere. She has won the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, and her manuscript, August Burns the Sky, was shortlisted for the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. She is Peril Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.
Even at her young age Mindy Gill has become a recognisable figure in the Queensland poetry scene, but it was the pure aesthetic accomplishments of her poetry to date that made her shortlist for this award. Her poetry combines the classical and the quotidian with effortless grace, all the while betraying a fine philosophical mind. Again and again she displays a great knowledge and fine talent for the formal devices of poetry and for the aesthetic and moral concerns of 21st Century life. She is a poet destined for great things.
Anna Jacobson is a Brisbane based poet, writer, and artist. Her poetry has been published in literary journals including Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Poetry Journal, Tincture and Verity La and is forthcoming in Meanjin. She is one of The Red Room Company’s commissioned poets for ‘Poetry Object 2017’. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award, the Scribe Nonfiction Prize and the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize. Anna was shortlisted for the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. She is currently undertaking her Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice), specialising in poetry at QUT.
Anna Jacobson’s poetry has a quiet, elegance that greatly impressed the judging panel. Her meditative, introspective verse makes her one of Queensland poetry’s brightest new lights.
Emily O’Grady is a writer from Brisbane. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in online and print publications, including Review of Australian Fiction, Westerly, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue Fiction Edition, Mascara Literary Review, and Award Winning Australian Writing. In 2012 she received the QUT Undergraduate Writing Prize, and in 2013 she received the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize. This year she was long listed for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and placed second in the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.
The judges were impressed by Emily O’Grady’s ambitions for re-imagining the crime novel as well as the ever-increasing quality of her story telling. Her next work concerns the daughter of a serial killer, living with the legacy of crime, and the panel feels with continued hard work she will produce a fine book.
Bonnie Stevens is a Brisbane-based writer, editor and publisher. She is the founding editor and publisher of arts and culture publication Mous Magazine, the founder and host of monthly panel discussions series INFORM, the publishing consultant for Eye Bag Magazine and a former content editor for ASOS AU. Her work has appeared in publications such as Global Hobo, Inside Out Magazine and ASOS. Bonnie has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Queensland University of Technology. She has also completed a Master’s degree at QUT where her research focused on using collaborative approaches to publishing to assist young writers’ professional development.
The judges were particularly impressed with Bonnie Stevens’ founding and publishing the outstanding Mous Magazine. The panel was convinced she will be a major contributor to Queensland literature in the years to come.