Writ­ing tal­ent awarded

The Western Star - - NEWS -

ARTS Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch said Queens­land would soon cel­e­brate home­grown lit­er­ary tal­ent, with nom­i­na­tions now open for the 2018 Queens­land Lit­er­ary Awards.

Ms Enoch said the awards recog­nised out­stand­ing writ­ers across many gen­res.

“The gov­ern­ment sup­ports the Queens­land Lit­er­ary Awards which cel­e­brate top writ­ing tal­ent, help share our sto­ries, and nur­ture the next gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers,” she said. “This year we are con­tribut­ing a to­tal $180,000 to the awards.

“The Queens­land Lit­er­ary Awards high­light the im­por­tant role of lit­er­a­ture in to­day’s so­ci­ety as well as the wealth of writ­ing tal­ent that ex­ists in Queens­land and Aus­tralia.”

Ms Enoch said the $25,000 Queens­land Premier’s Award recog­nises writ­ing with a Queens­land fo­cus and cel­e­brated im­por­tant Queens­land au­thors, sto­ries and his­tory.

“I en­cour­age young writ­ers un­der 30 years of age to ap­ply for two Queens­land Premier’s Young Pub­lish­ers and Writ­ers Awards, each to the value of $12,500, for tra­di­tional or con­tem­po­rary forms,” she said.

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