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About us

black&write! is a national project with a dual focus on developing First Nations writers and editors, through our Editing Internships and Writing Fellowships. We are the first project to do this in Australia. 

Learn about our history through the Sovereign Stories Exhibition.

Both 2020 Fellows with Minister Leanne Enoch

The Writing Fellowships

The black&write! Writing Fellowships are offered annually to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. Two Fellows will each receive $10,000, editorial development with the black&write! editing team, and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia. 

Applications for the 2023 black&write! Fellowships are now closed. 

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The Editing Internships

The black&write! Editing Internships recruit, train, and mentor Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander editors. Interns get hands-on editing experience while working on the winning Fellowship manuscripts. 

See our past interns.

Shop black&write!

Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team By Scott Prince and Dave Hartley

Deadly D & Justice Jones: Making the Team

Ruby Moonlight book cover

Ruby Moonlight

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman

Terra Nullius

Grace Beside Me by Sue McPherson

Grace Beside Me

Inside the Sovereign Stories showcase at State Library. Large portraits of featured authors and publishers are on the wall behind glass and two screens are playing recorded interviews.

Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write!

An exhibition to celebrate and look back on our first decade. 

Meet the authors and editors who have been part of black&write! and discover some truly special First Nations stories.

Learn more

black&write! is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund and the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. We are proud to work with Hachette Australia as the black&write! Fellowship publishing partner.

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