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 offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.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


Competition details 


Applications open in November and close in January each year.

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The submitted unpublished manuscripts are assessed by a panel of expert judges with knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing. 

Two winning manuscripts are selected each year. 

The authors of the two winning manuscripts are awarded black&write! Fellowships. 

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. 


Fellowships prize 


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

  • $10,000 prize 
  • manuscript development with the black&write! team across the fellowship year 
  • a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia. 


Congratulations to our 2019 black&write! Fellows, Tania Crampton-Larking and Lisa Fuller! 

Applications for the 2020 black&write! Fellowships will open later this year.


Please contact black&write! for more details

(07) 3842 9985.


The black&write! Fellowships are made possible with support from Australia Council, and by partner organisations Hachette Australia and Magabala Books.

blackwrite staff and Fellowship entrants

The 2020 Fellowships will open for applications in late 2019. 

Tristan Savage

Discover past Fellowship winners and their publications.