Queensland Literary Awards 2012 Shortlists Announced

The shortlists of the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.


Following on from a successful crowd-funding campaign, the Queensland Literary Awards are up and running and the shortlists are out. The eventual winners will be announced on September 4.

Congratulations not only to all the shortlisted authors and publishers - but also to everyone who has made the awards possible this year following the misguided cancellation of the premier’s version of the prize.

Here are the shortlists.

Fiction book award

Science writer award

Non-fiction book award

Emerging Queensland author – manuscript award

  • Scratches on the Surface by Aaron Smibert
  • Home Mechanics by Luke Thomas
  • Island of the Unexpected by Catherine Titasey
  • Hidden Objects by Ariella Van Luyn

David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous writer

  • Story by Siv Parker
  • Hard by Ellen van Neerven-Currie
  • My Journey that May Never End by Dorothy Williams-Kemp

The Harry Williams Award for a literary or media work advancing public debate

Judith Wright Calanthe Award – poetry collection

History book award

Children’s book award

Young adult book award

The Steele Rudd Award for an Australian short story collection

Television script award

  • The Straits: ‘Yawor – My Lovely’, episode 3 by Blake Ayshford
  • The Slap: ‘Harry’, episode 3 by Brendan Cowell,
  • Strange Calls: ‘Phantom’, episode 3 by Anthony Mullins
  • Mabo by Sue Smith
  • Dance Academy: ‘The Prix de Fonteyn’, episode 24 by Liz Doran

Drama script (stage) award

  • War Crimes by Angela Betzien
  • Bloodland by Wayne Blair
  • Taxi by Patricia Cornelius
  • Baby Teeth by Rita Kalnejais
  • A Golem Story by Lally Katz

Film script award

  • Dead Europe by Louise Fox
  • Being Venice by Miro Bilbra
  • Rarer Monsters by Shane Armstrong & S P Krauss
  • Save Your Legs by Brendan Cowell

And, this year the Queensland Literary Awards announced a new category where you can vote for your favourite Queensland Book of the Year…

The Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year

For more information on the awards please see here.

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