black&write! Writing Fellowships

Each year black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. 

The winning Fellows work closely with black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts for publication. We are proud to work with our publishing partner, Hachette Australia.

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

Thank you to all writers who entered. 

Entries are now with the judges; winners will be announced in May. 

All entrants will receive feedback on their work from the judges after the winners are announced. 

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    Two winning Fellows will each receive:

    • $10,000 prize money
    • manuscript development with black&write!
    • a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia.

    Who can enter?

    The black&write! Writing Fellowships are open to any Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer currently living in Australia.

    We accept:

    • adult fiction
    • young adult fiction
    • short story collection
    • poetry collection
    • 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.

    Entry guidelines are updated each year and outline the full conditions of entry.


    After you enter

    You will receive a confirmation email from black&write! once your application has been received and checked for eligibility. 

    State Library will award two fellowships on the advice of a judging panel with extensive knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing.

    Every eligible entrant will receive individual comments on their manuscripts, after the winners have been announced. 

    Entries will judged against the following criteria: 

    • literary and creative merit 

    • originality 

    • contribution to Australian literature 

    • potential value of a Fellowship for the entrant’s writing career 

    • development required to bring the manuscript to a publishable standard.


    Questions? Email black&write! or call 07 3842 9985.

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    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.