Queensland brings back public funding for state literary award

The premier of Queensland, Australia, has announced she will bring back public funding for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards which had been cancelled by her predecessor and former premier Campbell Newman in in 2012. Annastacia Palasczcuk committed $125,000 to match public funding for the awards and created a new category for a work of state significance.

“Funding the literary awards is the next step in taking the arts back to its rightful place, where Queensland is an arts leader,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “I applaud the ongoing efforts of the grassroots organisers, sponsors, publishers and supporters who carried the torch to ensure Queensland’s tradition of recognising outstanding writing across many genres would continue,” she said.

Previous winners of the Premier’s Award (before it was abandoned) have included books which went on to world-wide acclaim.

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