It’s not about the money, it’s about the readers

Anyone who believes writers are only in it for the cash should probably start writing fiction for a living. The readers, authors, publishers, and many other volunteers of Queensland, Australia are here to prove this point wrong.

In April of this year, the announcement of the demise of the Queensland Literary Awards was met with dismay. Budget cuts were forcing the Premier of Queensland to cease state funding for the award. I wrote about the folding of this award here.

But the writers and readers of Queensland rallied and fought long and hard for funding to support the revival of the Queensland Literary Awards. On Monday, the shortlist for the Courier-Mail People’s Choice Queensland Book of the Year was announced as well as the shortlists for numerous other categories. There were over 600 submissions for 14 categories ranging from plays to poetry, television scripts to short stories, children’s to adult books.

Fund raising, sponsorships, and donations poured in to support this award that the literary community of Queensland felt strongly needed to stay alive.

Check out the shortlist for the QLD Book of the Year, there’s some intriguing finds on here. And for your book groups, browse the shortlists in the other categories.

Then smile at the tenacity of a state that loves its reading and writers and isn’t afraid to say so.

 

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About the Author:

Kaite Mediatore Stover refuses to give up her day job as director of readers' services for The Kansas City Public Library to read tarot cards professionally or be the merch girl/roadie for her husband's numerous bands. Follow her on Twitter at @MarianLiberryan.

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  1. shavers@crc.losrios.edu' Shelley says:

    It’s pretty heartening to see readers caring that much. Cheers to Queensland.

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