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Helena Fox and Debra Adelaide both shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards

October 1, 2019

Helena Fox and Debra Adelaide both shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards

The Queensland Literary Awards are managed annually by the Queensland State Library. They are a celebration of talented writers from all over Australia. There are 10 prizes awarded each year. We are very happy to announce that two of our authors have been shortlisted for the 2019 awards.

Helena Fox is nominated for her debut Young Adult novel, How it Feels to Float. The story revolves around 15-year-old Biz, who knows how to float between her friends, her family and the rest of the world. This tremendous tale of love, loss and grief is in the running to win the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award.

Bestselling author, Debra Adelaide is known for her nominated work, Zebra. Debra is shortlisted for the University of Southern Queensland Steele Rudd Award for a Short Story Collection. Zebra is a subversive collection of slightly fantastical and eccentric short stories.

The State Library of Queensland noted in their shortlist announcement that 2019 held the record for the highest number of nominations for the Literary Awards prizes. The award ceremony will be held at the State Library of Queensland on Tuesday, November 12 and we can’t wait to see who takes home the prizes. Best of luck to all the nominees.

We would like to congratulate Debra and Helena on their achievements and wish them both the best of luck as well! 🤞

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