black&write! is a national project with a dual focus on supporting First Nations writing and editing.

black&write! is here for all First Nations writers and editors. We’re also the first project of our kind in Australia. Check out more about the current team and the black&write! history

Applications for the 2022 black&write! Writing Fellowships are now open! Deadline extended to 11 February.

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

There's still time to take the next step in your writing career. The 2022 black&write! fellowship application closing date has been extended to 5pm, Friday 11 February

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

Entry is free.

Questions? Read about submitting to the competition, email black&write! or call 07 3842 9985. 

Applications must close 5pm Friday 11 February 2022. 

Sovereign Stories: 10 years of black&write!

We're turning 10! To celebrate, State Library of Queensland is hosting an exhibition looking back on our first decade. 

Free showcase
23 Oct 2021 – 17 July 2022

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. 

Sovereign Stories

Every day · 9am–5pm
Come along to our exhibition celebrating 10 years of black&write!

Writing Fellowships

Find out about our Fellowships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.


Discover the books black&write! has helped publish.

black&write! is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund, The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust, The Brian J Sutton Charitable Trust 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.