Indigenous Writing Fellowships

Entries for the 2016 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships are now closed

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 Indigenous Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.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 2016 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.

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!
Email: indigenous.writing@slq.qld.gov.au
Phone:  (07) 3842 9484

Previous Fellowship recipients

2015

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

2014

2013

2012

2011

Partners

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.

December 2015

SLQ thanks founding black&write! partner Magabala Books for the significant contribution it has made to the black&write! project since 2011. The success that this ambitious project has achieved in that time, including a legacy of eight published books, is a testament to the commitment and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing shared by the organisations.

The partnership between SLQ and Magabala Books for the publication of the black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship winning manuscripts closed in December 2015. SLQ and Magabala Books will continue to work together to support black&write! authors and editors, and hope that new partnerships in 2016 will continue the growth and exciting outcomes of the black&write! project.

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