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Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award
Subcategory of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
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Winners

2011 winner y separately published work icon Reading Madame Bovary Amanda Lohrey , Collingwood : Black Inc. , 2010 Z1722620 2010 selected work short story

'A woman finds her everyday life engulfed by vivid fantasies, a businessman explores new ways to deal with his rage, a young woman is stuck on a boat with a bunch of delinquents, a diary is discovered, a commune goes wrong ...

'In this captivating collection of short fiction, award-winning novelist Amanda Lohrey explores the dilemmas of modern life. Her characters find themselves caught between body and spirit, memory and desire, ambition and mortality - and they must transform themselves or be trapped.' (From the publisher's website.)

2009 winner y separately published work icon The Boat Nam Le , Camberwell : Hamish Hamilton , 2008 Z1495449 2008 selected work short story (taught in 42 units)

'In the magnificent opening story, "Love and Honor and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice," a young writer is urged by his friends to mine his father's experiences in Vietnam - and what seems at first a satire on turning one's life into literary commerce becomes a transcendent exploration of homeland, and the ties between father and son. "Cartagena" provides a visceral glimpse of life in Colombia as it enters the mind of a fourteen-year-old hit man facing the ultimate test. In "Meeting Elise" an ageing New York painter mourns his body's decline as he prepares to meet his daughter on the eve of her Carnegie Hall debut. And with graceful symmetry, the final, title story returns to Vietnam, to a fishing trawler crowded with refugees where a young woman's bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision.' (From the author's website.)

2008 winner y separately published work icon Someone Else : Fictional Essays John Hughes , Artarmon : Writing and Society Research Centre Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1415040 2007 selected work essay '...Hughes pays homage to twenty-one artists, writers and musicians who have had a formative influence on his imagination. From Chekhov and Borges and Beckett, to proust, Rothko and Cage - each essay brings its subjuect to life in unexpected ways. Kafka writes the parable of Abraham and Isaac, with no one to stay Abraham's knife. Wittgenstein considers the relationship between turtles and time. Bob Dylan stars in a fantasy of travellers and deserts and women with knives and silver earrings. Just around the corner from where Hughes works, Dostoyevsky fries kidneys in the kitchen of his Stanley Street terrace...Someone Else uses the essay as a form of autobiography. Here, however, the essays are fictions. Or are they? Hughes tells the stories of the figures who live in his mind by making them tell his stories - and in doing so engages in an art of literary vantriloquism.' - back cover
2007 winner y separately published work icon Every Move You Make David Malouf , Sydney : Chatto and Windus , 2006 Z1302033 2006 selected work short story

'Bookish boys and taciturn men, strong women and wayward sons, fathers and daughters, lovers and husbands, a composer and his muse, a builder-architect and his legacy - here are their stories, whole lives brought vividly into focus and so powerfully rooted in the landscape that you can almost feel the heat and the dust. His canvas is the vast Australian continent from the mysterious, glittering Valley of Lagoons behind the Great Divide in Far North Queensland, to bohemian Balmain and the Centre at Uluru, but always there are enticing glimpses of a world beyond, and the stories are tender, subtle, unsettlingly intimate. A young man going off to war tries to make sense of his place in the world he is leaving; a composer's life plays itself out as a complex domestic cantata; an accident on a hunting trip speaks volumes, which its inarticulate victim never could; and, in the funniest, most surprising story of all, a down-to-earth woman stubbornly tries to keep her feet on the ground at Ayers Rock. Malouf's men and women are together but curiously alone, looking for something they seem to have missed, or missed out on, in life, puzzling over the space they'll leave behind when the waters close over them...'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2006 winner y separately published work icon A Funny Thing Happened at 27,000 Feet... Tales from Times of Terror Craig Cormick , Charnwood : Mockingbird , 2005 Z1232351 2005 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2005 winner y separately published work icon Vincenzo's Garden John Clanchy , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1185671 2005 selected work short story
2004 winner y separately published work icon Mahjar : A Novel Eva Sallis , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1022419 2003 single work novel Zein, Farhan, Rayya and their circle are migrants of the fifties, yearning for both their future and their past. Their children, Salah, Rima, Hussein and their friends are young Australians with a distinctive voice and place succeeding or failing in the clash between generations, struggling for independence in the face of their parents' hopes and dreams. Abd al-Rahman is an Iraqi refugee who has lost everything. And Ali, Ahmad, Akram and Yusuf are children in Palestine and Baghdad who have no future, but whose stories soar.
Mahjar is about lives, journeys and stories, about exile and the experiences that push people to new homelands. Through interwoven stories and fables it evokes Australia's intimate connection with the Middle East. (Source: Back cover)
This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2003 winner y separately published work icon A Map of the Gardens : Stories Gillian Mears , Sydney : Picador , 2002 Z956811 2002 selected work short story 'Combining the wisdom of nature, ancient Taoism and Christian saints with the mysteries at the heart of human relationships, these parables speak of love and loss and renewal - and examine the mercurial bonds between man and woman, siblings, parent and child.' Publisher's blurb on back cover. This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2001 winner y separately published work icon Wolf on the Fold Judith Clarke , Healesville : Silverfish , 2000 Z339346 2000 selected work short story young adult

Wolf on the Fold is a collection of short stories that traces a family's stories and experiences over time, from 1935-2002.

This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2000 joint winner y separately published work icon White Turtle : A Collection of Short Stories Merlinda Bobis , North Melbourne : Spinifex Press , 1999 Z576491 1999 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2000 joint winner y separately published work icon The Reasons I Won't Be Coming Elliot Perlman , Sydney : Picador , 1999 Z384583 1999 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1999 winner y separately published work icon Songs of the Suitcase Anna Maria Dell'Oso , Pymble : Flamingo HarperCollins Australia , 1998 Z8083 1998 selected work novel short story prose biography This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1998 winner y separately published work icon Proudflesh Deborah Robertson , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1997 Z30084 1997 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1997 joint winner y separately published work icon The Lulu Magnet Matthew Condon , Milsons Point : Random House , 1996 Z528885 1996 selected work short story prose biography humour This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1997 joint winner y separately published work icon Dirt and Other Stories Catherine Ford , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 1996 Z227716 1996 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1991 winner y separately published work icon Women Falling Down in the Street Kate Jennings , Port Melbourne : Heinemann , 1990 Z196122 1990 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
1989 joint winner y separately published work icon Quickening and Other Stories Brian Matthews , Fitzroy Ringwood : McPhee Gribble Penguin , 1989 Z549692 1989 selected work short story This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
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