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Glendower Award now open for entries
Posted 12.03.2021

Glendower Award now open for entries

Entries are now open for the Glendower Award – an award that opens up career pathways and exciting opportunities for emerging Queensland writers.

The annual development award, administered by State Library of Queensland as part of the Queensland Literary Awards, was established in 1999 with the aim to mentor Queensland writers in the early stages of their careers.

The award - which includes $15,000 prize money and manuscript development and publication with UQP - is for an outstanding unpublished manuscript by a Queensland resident over eighteen years of age and is proudly supported by Jenny Summerson through the Queensland Library Foundation.

Many previous winners of the Glendower Award, such as Karen Foxlee, Steven Lang and Rebecca Jessen, have gone on to achieve notable writing careers.

‘UQP really took me under their wing as part of the Award. I learned the basics of working with an editor and approaching structural edits and problems in my manuscript – stuff I still use day in and day out today in my writing life,’ says bestselling children’s author, Karen Foxlee, 2006 Glendower Award winner.

‘There’s no question winning the Glendower Award was life-changing for me. Being published by UQP – who I always thought was the right fit for my manuscript – propelled me into the next phase of my career, both as a writer and an academic. It was such a validating experience and one I hold onto whenever I start to doubt myself,’ says Melanie Myers, 2018 Glendower Award winner.

2019 winner Rhiannon Wilde’s debut young adult novel Henry Hamlet’s Heart will be published by UQP in July 2021.

‘To say this award changed the direction of my life would be an understatement,’ says Rhiannon. ‘Take a chance, and it might change yours, too.’

More information about the awards can be found here, and the entry form is here. Nominations close 30 April.

For publicity enquiries please contact Louise Cornegé at UQP on louise.cornege@uqp.com.au.