Indigenous Writing Fellowships

The black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project is establishing a new structure in 2017. The team is currently undertaking planning for the next three years of the project and we will be opening applications for Indigenous Writing Fellowships in late 2017.

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 writes 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 9484

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 Indigenous Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.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 Aboriginality Form/ 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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