Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award shortlist

Emily Craven

Emily Craven

Emily is the CEO and editor of Story City, a social enterprise publisher and interactive, choose your adventure app available for free on Android and Apple devices. She has mentored 100+ local writers in creating these digital experiences across Australia, and published 30+ writers and 21 stories across 3 cities. Emily is also a YA fiction author of The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain series, written as though you’re reading Facebook. She has been mentored by award-wining author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs and presents prolifically about ebooks, publishing and digital storytelling.

Judges' Comments:

The judges were absolutely taken by Emily’s initiative in the field of publishing particularly. Her Story City project is a superbly imaginative marriage of story, technology, landscape & place. And she has proven to be a fine curator of literary talent. Her own writing, too, displays artistic insight and professionalism.

Read more: www.storycity.com.au, www.originalfantasy.com and www.madelinecain.com

Sam George-Allen

Sam George-Allen

Sam George-Allen is a Brisbane writer, editor and musician, and a co-founder of online feminist literary magazine Scum. Her essays and cultural criticism have been published in The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings and Stilts, among others, and she has been shortlisted for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize for Young Writers. In 2014 she published her first collection, I Put A Spell On You, an e-book of essays and short stories about women and witchcraft. She is currently working on a new collection of essays on female community.

Judges' Comments:

The judges were impressed by the passion of Sam George-Allen’s writing and also wonderful insights and uncommon tangents she brings to bear on women’s issues. A writer certain to make her mark in this state and beyond.

Read more: samgeorgeallen.wordpress.com

Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson is a Brisbane based poet, writer, and artist. Her memoir piece How to Knit a Human was shortlisted for the 2016 Scribe Nonfiction Prize. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for her unpublished manuscript Crunchy, No Bruises. Her poetry has been published in literary journals including Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Poetry Journal, Tincture and Foam:e. Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing) from QUT in 2015.

Judges' Comments:

Anna is a tremendously talented young poet and the judges were moved by the warmth of her poetry and the gentle touch with which she executes it. Her poetry on domestic spaces, familial relations, the rituals of food and Jewishness make hers a unique voice.

Read more: www.annajacobson.com.au

Michelle Law

Michelle Law

Michelle Law is a freelance writer of fiction, non-fiction, TV and film. She is the co-author of the comedy book Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, and has had her work anthologised in books like Women of Letters and Destroying the Joint. Some of the places she’s written for include the Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Life, and the Griffith Review. As a screenwriter, she’s received an AWGIE award for her interactive media work, and had her films screened on the ABC and at film festivals locally and abroad. She’s currently developing her debut stage play for La Boite Theatre Company.

Judges' Comments:

Michelle Law has written in so many modes – from journalism to film to Ted talks – and that writing is of such insight and delicacy. Indeed, as good as her writing has been in the past, it was plain to the judging panel that both the quality and quantity of her work is increasing. She is an emerging star of the literary scene.

Read more: michelle-law.com

Andrew McMillen

Andrew McMillen

Andrew McMillen is an award-winning freelance journalist and author based in Brisbane, Australia. His second book, Skeleton School: Dissecting The Gift Of Body Donation, is published by UQP in September 2016. His feature journalism has appeared in The Weekend Australian Magazine, Rolling Stone, Good Weekend, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, Qweekend and BuzzFeed. In 2015, he was named Freelance Journalist of the Year at the Queensland Clarion Awards. His first book, Talking Smack: Honest Conversations About Drugs, was published by UQP in 2014. He also hosts Penmanship, a podcast about Australian writing culture, which features in-depth interviews with people who earn a living from working with words.

Judges' Comments:

The judges felt Andrew’s choice of topics, such as drug-use and medical ethics, and the passion and serious analysis he brings to the table when writing and curating writing on such, make him one of the most promising young journalists in the state.

Read more: andrewmcmillen.com