Past winners

Congratulations to our 2018 black&write! Fellows!

In April 2018, Lystra Bisschop and Nardi Simpson were announced as the 2018 black&write! Fellows. Lystra (pictured left), a descendant of the Guugu Yimidhiurr people (Hope Vale) and Birri Gubba people (Mackay), was chosen for her young adult manuscript The Upwelling, a compelling coming-of-age story about a young surfer named Kirra; and Nardi (pictured right), a Yuwaalarayy/Gamilaraay woman and founding member of the Stiff Gins, was selected for her literary fiction manuscript Song of the Crocodile, which follows three generations of an Aboriginal family. 

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Lystra Bisschop, 2018 black&write! Fellow

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Nardi Simpson, 2018 black&write! Fellow

Past winners

2016

The following entrants were highly commended:

  • Ashleigh Johnstone 
  • Boyd Quakawoot 
  • Jeanine Leane 
  • Waverley Stanley Jnr

2015

  • Jannali Jones, My Father’s Shadow
  • Alison Whittaker, Lemons in the Chicken Wire

2014

  • Adrian Stanley, Could Be Worse
  • Jane Harrison, Becoming Kirrali Lewis

2013

  • Jared Thomas, Calypso Summer
  • Tristan Savage, Rift Breaker
  • Scott Prince and Dave Hartley, Deadly D and Justice Jones: Making the Team

2012

  • Teagan Chilcott, Rise of the Fallen
  • Jillian Boyd (Writer) and Tori-Jay Mordey (Illustrator), Bakir and Bi

2011

  • Ali Cobby-Eckermann, Ruby Moonlight
  • Sue McPherson, Grace Beside Me

To read more about Fellows' winning books, visit our Publications page.