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Queensland Literary Awards 2021 shortlist announced

August 5, 2021

I haven’t reported often on these awards, but they are an example of the literary world’s faith in the value of awards, as any of you who remember their history will know. They are an interesting set of awards because they combine specific state awards and awards for which all Australian writers are eligible. And they have some great categories, including one for short story collections, which appeals to me. The full shortlist is available on their site. I will just list a selection of the categories here, but there are also awards for Poetry, Children’s and YA Books for example, if you are interested.

Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of State Significance ($25,000)

  • Lech Blaine’s Car crash: A memoir
  • Laura Elvery’s Ordinary matter
  • Fiona Foley’s Biting the clouds
  • Patty Lees with Adam C Lees’ A question of colour (Lisa’s review)
  • Jaya Savige, Change machine

David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer ($15,000)

  • Ngankiburka-mekauwe (Senior Woman-of Water) Georgina Williams’ Mekauwe= Tears Volume #1 (Notes For Song) 1970-2020
  • Chella Goldwin’s Politiks

University of Southern Queensland Short Story Collection-Steele Rudd Award ($15,000)

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  • Laura Elvery’s Ordinary matter
  • Melissa Manning’s Smokehouse
  • Elizabeth Tan’s Smart ovens for lonely people (Bill’s review)
  • Adam Thomspon’s Born into this (my review)
  • Barry Lee Thompson’s Broken rules and other stories 

University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

  • Lech Blaine’s Car crash: A memoir
  • Eleanor Hogan’s Into the loneliness
  • Henry Reynolds’ Truth-telling (Janine’s review)
  • Luke Stegemann’s Amnesia Road (Janine’s review)
  • Marian Wilkinson’s The carbon club

University of Queensland Fiction Book Award ($15,000)

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Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award ($10,000)

  • Trent Dalton’s All the shimmering skies
  • Sandra Hogan’s With my little eye
  • Kathleen Jennings’ Flyaway
  • Susan Johnson’s From where I fell (Lisa’s review)
  • Grantlee Kieza’s Banks

There are books here that I’ve heard a lot about, and that are on my TBR here, and books I haven’t heard of at all. What about you? Any favourites here? Any surprises or tempters?

The winners will be annnounced on 9 September. Good luck to all.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2021 10:58

    The category I’m most interested in is (of course) fiction… and I’m tempted by Friends and Dark Shapes. (But, *sigh* it’s another one about grief, and millennial grief at that, so I’m in no hurry, not until someone I know reviews it.)
    LOL Text who used to send me books including a fair few I had no interest in reading have stopped sending them altogether. They’ve switched to e-copies for reviewers (because of C-19, they said) so I never see their books any more unless (as above) someone I know reviews them.

    • August 5, 2021 10:59

      PS Someone we know has reviewed Car Crash, I think. But I can’t remember who…

      • August 5, 2021 12:02

        If you remember let me know, Lisa. I had a look for those that I knew or that rang a bell, and that one didn’t.

    • August 5, 2021 12:01

      No, I don’t see Text any more but I hadn’t chased them for awhile. I don’t mind, but it also means I’m losin* touch. I get their catalogues of course. Like you I’m not keen on e-books.

  2. August 6, 2021 11:22

    As a Brisbanite, I thank you for this Queensland list. I haven’t read the book yet (and don’t particularly like the bookcover) but from what I’ve heard UQP Amanda Lohrey’s Labyrinth is in with a good chance.

    • August 6, 2021 15:17

      Thanks Gretchen. I don’t love the cover either, though said on another blog comment trail that I’ll reserve final assessment until I have a copy in my hands. I’ve tried to buy it a couple of times but it was sold out. I’ll probably have to wait now until the new Miles Franklin winner branded edition is printed!

  3. August 7, 2021 09:45

    HI Sue, I read and greatly enjoyed Charlotte McConaghy’s Migrations (and yes, it was called The Last Migration when I read it); and Nardi Simpson’s Song of the Crocodile is astonishing. Laura Elvery’s collection Ordinary Matter is very accomplished, too. SLL Lim’s Revenge is on my TBR.

    • August 7, 2021 12:42

      Thanks Angela … it’s really weird because I can’t see any reference to the change of title anywhere where I looked, even on her blog, though I may have missed it. Thanks for your comments on Simpson, with which I agree, and Elvery which I’d like to read (as well as Revenge!)

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