State Library seeking new talent for Indigenous writing competition

Entries are now open for State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships for 2014.

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 invites published or unpublished Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander authors to submit novels, short stories, poetry or children’s books to the competition for the opportunity to win an exciting prize package.

The two successful 2014 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.

black&write! was developed to encourage and develop Indigenous writing talent and foster a significant Indigenous writing community. It is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia.

Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker said the project had already produced exciting results for both the Australian writing community and the authors themselves.

"It was my pleasure to announce comedian Tristan Savage, university lecturer Jared Thomas, and kuril dhagun award-winners deputy principal Dave Hartley and rugby league player Scott Prince as the 2013 Fellows in May this year," Mr Walker said.

"The variety and calibre of books this project has produced in just a few short years has been incredible. The Newman Government is proud to support this initiative and I look forward to seeing the talent that comes out of 2014."

Five books have already been published through the Fellowship, including Scott Prince and Dave Hartley’s Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the team with two more due for release in April 2014.

Previous winners of the competition have already experienced literary recognition. 2011 Fellow Ali Cobby Eckermann was awarded a 2012 Deadly Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, and took out both the Poetry award and Book of the year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013.

State Librarian Janette Wright urged budding and established Indigenous writers to get their entries in and seize this opportunity to see their work published.

“black&write! is a bold, inspiring project designed to nurture talent, flex the creative imagination and change the landscape of Indigenous writing in Australia. This is the chance for talented Indigenous authors to be a part of a growing and thriving writing community. We encourage those who believe they have a story to tell to take pen to paper, or fingers to keypad, and share their story with us. You never know where it may lead.”

Application forms 

Entries close 31 January 2014

Media enquiries: Nicole Mangelsdorf | 07 3842 9084 | Nicole.Mangelsdorf@slq.qld.gov.au

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