black&write! Writing Fellowships

Applications for the 2018 black&write! Fellowships are now closed.

Applications for the 2019 black&write! Fellowships will open late 2018.

black&write! encourages any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writer, published or unpublished, working in fiction or poetry to apply. Not only will your work be assessed by a panel with extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing, you also have the opportunity to receive feedback to help you to improve your writing.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 black&write! Fellowships: Claire Coleman (WA) and Dylan Coleman (SA).
View photos on SLQ Facebook.

Who can enter the black&write! Fellowships?

The black&write! Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia. Our 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 191.6 KB) for the full conditions of entry and how to enter.

What is the Fellowship?

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! editors through to the completion of their manuscripts.

Selection process

  • black&write! Fellowships are awarded through a national writing competition.
  • Fellowships will be awarded by State Library of Queensland on the advice of a judging panel with extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing.
  • Every eligible entrant will receive individual assessment comments on their manuscripts. Due to the number of manuscripts received, 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 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 9985

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! Fellowships are made possible with support from Australia Council for the Arts, and partner organisations Hachette Australia and Magabala Books.

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