Calling for next wave of Indigenous literary stars

State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous writing competition black&write! which has already produced a Deadly Award winner, is now seeking two new literary stars.

State Librarian Janette Wright said the successes of the inaugural black&write! Writing Fellows from 2011 were a testament to its strength in developing outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors across Australia.

“We know the project is already making a difference to Indigenous literature in this country – with South Australia’s Ali Cobby Eckermann recently winning a 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Writing for her black&write! verse novel Ruby Moonlight,” Ms Wright said.

“We also have first time author Sue McPherson from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, who was a finalist in the same award for her young adult fiction novel Grace Beside Me.

“Sue has just returned from Ubud Writers Festival in Bali where she was a guest author, and an excerpt from her book was translated into Indonesian.”

black&write! invites published or unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to submit novels, short stories, poetry or children’s books to the competition, which closes on 31 January 2013.

Two 2013 Fellows will both receive $10,000 prize money, professional manuscript development from black&write! Indigenous editors and a valuable publishing deal with respected Indigenous publishing house, Magabala Books.

manuscripts edited and now with Magabala Books in preparation for publication.

“Jillian Boyd and Tori-Jay Mordey have written and illustrated a children’s book entitled Bakir and Bi, and Teagan Chilcott has written a young adult fantasy novel Rise of the Fallen.

“We are looking forward to seeing their books on the shelves early next year and hope these successes will inspire others to enter.”

Ms Wright said black&write! is well on its way to achieving its bold aim of revitalising and expanding contemporary Indigenous writing in Australia.

“This is a chance for talented Indigenous authors to be a part of a growing and thriving community of talented writers, illustrators and editors.”

Application forms are available at www.slq.gov.au/whats-on
Entries close 31 January 2013

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