The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA), the volunteer-led awards that have replaced the axed Queensland Premier’s Awards, has received $20,000 from the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) Cultural Fund to administer and deliver this year’s awards, reports the Courier Mail.
CAL chief executive Jim Alexander told the Courier Mail that the agency has offered its support to the awards ‘because we know that writers are some of the least-rewarded members of the community’. ‘We have provided our support this year in the hope that the Queensland Government will reconsider their support for major literary awards and next year provide funding for the Queensland Literary Awards,’ said Alexander.
QLA president Stuart Glover said the funds will help to cover the administrative costs associated with awards as well as provide time for the awards management committee to develop a sustainable program for the presentation of the awards in the future.
The Courier Mail also reports that the Queensland University of Technology has pledged $4000 in prize money to be split between the unpublished Indigenous manuscript award and the emerging writer award, the winners of which will be published by the University of Queensland Press.
As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the winners of this year’s awards will be announced during the Brisbane Writers Festival in September. More information about the awards can be found online here.