The Queensland Literary Awards for 2015 were announced late last week and I am very honoured to have been selected as runner-up for the Young Writers Award, in the 18-25 category. My story ‘January Days’ can be read for free on the State Library of Queensland website, as can the winning entry ‘Surface’ by Grace McCarter, the Young Writers Award winners in the 15-17 category and all the commended entries. You can also see the full list of winners for the Queensland Literary Awards here.
For once it was an event I could actually end up getting to and it was a fantastic evening! There’s always a particular vibe when a large number of writers occupy the same space, like they might start bending reality any minute. (Also the after party happened at the State Library on the Queensland Terrace, which has walls decorated in teacups like something straight out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.) I had the chance to meet the lovely Kathleen Jennings and Angela Slatter, and acquired several new titles for my to read list. I’d like to offer a big thank you to the State Library and everyone involved in putting on the event!
In other writerly news, FableCroft have released the gorgeous hardcover editions of Cranky Ladies of History for general purchase and are running a Goodreads giveaway for two copies of the book. It’s open until November 15th.