The winners of the Qld Literary Awards and the PM Literary Awards are being announced on the same evening – Monday 8th December. You can follow the PM announcements live at #PMLitAwards or tune into @APAC_ch648 at 7:15pm http://on.fb.me/1pPELkt .
It is fantastic that both these awards exist. They include outstanding Australian books and their shortlists promote these titles as well as our valuable book industry. Their prize money is very different, with the PM winners receiving $80,000 each and the shortlisted authors receiving $5,000 – the amount the winners of the QLA receive.
These two awards also have some shortlisted books in common (keep in mind that the awards have different eligible voting periods, causing some books to be shortlisted in different years).
The books shortlisted in both awards are:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Vintage Australia)
Coal Creek, Alex Miller (Allen & Unwin)
Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette)
Young Adult Fiction
The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna (Giramondo)
Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War, Joan Beaumont (Allen & Unwin)
The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, Clare Wright (Text Publishing)
There are no overlaps in the non-fiction and poetry categories, with strong, diverse contenders in both.
The Qld Literary Awards has some extra categories:
University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
Letters to George Clooney, Debra Adelaide (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The Promise, Tony Birch (UQP)
An Elegant Young Man, Luke Carman (Giramondo Publishing)
Only the Animals, Ceridwen Dovey (Penguin Australia)
Holiday in Cambodia, Laura Jean McKay (Black Inc. Books)
Unpublished Indigenous Writer – David Unaipon Award
There is no shortlist for this category; the winner of the award will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Monday 8 December.
Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award
3 for a Wedding, Julie Kearney
We Come From Saltwater People, Cathy McLennan
Open Cut, Leanne Nolan
And the People’s Choice Awards …
As a judge of the Griffith University Children’s Book Award, I would like to particularly mention our shortlist
Refuge, Jackie French (Harper Collins Publishers)
The Ratcatcher’s Daughter, Pamela Rushby (Harper Collins Publishers)
Nature Storybooks: The Big Red Kangaroo, Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne (Walker Books Australia)
Rules of Summer, Shaun Tan (Hachette Australia)
Smooch and Rose, Samantha Wheeler (UQP)
As it turned out, our top books are a combination of novels and illustrated works; from Qld, national, established and emerging creators; and include a non-fiction book, The Big Red Kangaroo, which is also a work of art.
The YA judges have also produced an excellent list
Griffith University Young Adult Book Award
Zac & Mia, A.J Betts (Text Publishing)
The Incredible Here and Now, Felicity Castagna (Giramondo Publishing)
The Accident, Kate Hendrick (Text Publishing)
Tigerfish, David Metzenthen (Penguin Australia)
The Cracks in the Kingdom, Jaclyn Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia)
The 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists in full are at http://arts.gov.au/shortlists
And I’ve previously written more about the PM awards at http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/more-about-the-2014-prime-ministers-literary-awards/2014/10
Staff from the State Library of Queensland (also the venue hub of the BWF) have taken over the administration of the QLA awards for the first time this year and have done a brilliant job. The awards had been coordinated by an extraordinary committee of volunteers for the past few years since the Qld Premier’s Literary Awards were axed by Campbell Newman’s government. The SLQ has also sponsored the poetry award and some Qld Universities such as the University of Queensland, Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, have also stepped in to sponsor awards. Enormous thanks to them all.
Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors and to the winners of both these awards. We will know the outcome soon!