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 offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.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.

Applications for the 2020 black&write! Writing Fellowships are now open!


Competition details 

Applications close 28 February 2020.

Manuscripts can be

  • fiction
  • poetry
  • short stories
  • children’s or young adult. 

The submitted unpublished manuscripts are assessed by a panel of expert judges with knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing. 


Fellowships prize 

The authors of the two winning manuscripts receive Fellowships, which include:

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

Fellowship recipients will be expected to work co-operatively with the black&write! editors through to the completion of their manuscripts.

The manuscripts are developed with the black&write! editing team and have the opportunity to be published by Hachette Australia, black&write!'s publishing partner.

Highly commended writers and entrants each receive feedback on their work from the black&write! editing team. 


Who can enter?

The black&write! Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia.

The Fellowships are open to fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and 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.



How to enter

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 28 February 2020.

Please follow these steps to apply:


  1. Read through the entry guidelines.
  2. Prepare your documents (complete manuscript, Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Descent/Letter of Confirmation).
  3. Complete the online entry form and upload your documents. 

For printed entries: please post your completed entry form, manuscript, and support material to the address below before the closing date:
black&write! Writing Fellowships
Level 2, State Library of Queensland
PO Box 3488
South Brisbane QLD 4101

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

Please contact black&write! for more details

(07) 3842 9985


The black&write! Fellowships are assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by publishing partner Hachette Australia.


Tristan Savage

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