Arts minister announces new-look Queensland Literary Awards

JUST short of a year after Premier Campbell Newman scrapped the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards amid much furore, his new arts minister has launched a program for talented writers.

One of the first cuts when the LNP took government last year was the $244,000 program, but they are now contributing a fraction of that cost to three Queensland writers.

The three $15,000 fellowships will be awarded this year to help writers develop new books and projects.

"We want to foster home grown talent and we know the best way to do that is to support and reward Queensland writers," Arts Minister Ian Walker said.

"Queensland has an abundance of literary talent and this is an investment in the future."

Nominations open on March 25 and close May 24, with fellowship recipients announced in July.

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