Applications for the 2023 black&write! Writing Fellowships are now open!


Are you a deadly writer?

Do you have a story to tell or a collection of poems to share?

Apply now to win $10,000, a publishing opportunity, and mentoring from black&write!

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. Meet our team.

Learn about our history through the Sovereign Stories Exhibition.

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 open. 

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

Past winners

Discover our past winners and highly commended entrants.


Discover the books black&write! has helped publish.

Our blog

Tylissa Elisara: how writing bedtime stories helped me win a black&write! Fellowship

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.

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.