Indigenous Writing Fellowships

Entries for the 2018 Indigenous Writing Fellowships will open later this year.

Please refer back to this page for updates regarding the 2018 fellowships.

If you would like to be notified as soon as the fellowships open, please send an email to with your name and email address included.

We look forward to announcing the timeline for Writing Fellowships later this year, along with a range of exciting opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander writers across Australia. In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact our office to discuss any specific queries in further detail.

Contact black&write! Email:
Phone: (07) 3842 9985

Who can enter?

The black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia. The Fellowships are open to adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts. Entries must include a Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent OR a Letter of Confirmation with a common seal from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander incorporated community organisation. There is no entry fee.

Please download and read the Entry Guidelines document  (PDF 53.1 KB) for the full conditions of entry.

The Indigenous Writing Fellowships

Two winners will each receive:

  • $10,000 prize money
  • Manuscript development with black&write! and a
  • Publication opportunity with Hachette Australia

Fellowship recipients will be expected to work co-operatively with the black&write! Indigenous Editors through to the completion of their manuscripts.

Selection process

  • The Fellowships will be awarded by State Library of Queensland on the advice of a judging panel with extensive knowledge of Indigenous writing.
  • Every eligible entrant will receive individual assessment comments on their manuscripts. Due to the number of manuscripts received the judges cannot provide a detailed manuscript appraisal.
  • The Judges’ decision on the eligibility of an entry will be final.  Judges may invite entries for consideration.
  • No correspondence will be entered into once the decision has been announced.
  • All entries must be kept by the State Library as a record and will not be returned to the applicant (including manuscripts and CD/USB submitted for judging).

State Library reserves the right to:

  • not accept any ineligible, incomplete or late entries
  • not award a Fellowship during a particular round.

Further information and enquiries

Contact black&write!
Phone:  (07) 3842 9484

Previous Fellowship recipients


  • Claire Coleman (WA) and Dylan Coleman (SA)

Read the Queensland Government Media Statement

The following entrants received a Highly Commended Award:

  • Ashleigh Johnstone (NSW)
  • Boyd Quakawoot (QLD)
  • Jeanine Leane (ACT)
  • Waverley Stanley Jnr (QLD)


Read our blog post to find out more about our 2015 Fellows.






The black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are made possible with support from Australia Council for the Arts, and partner organisations Hachette Australia and Magabala Books.

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