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 offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers.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The submitted unpublished manuscripts are assessed by a panel of expert judges with knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing.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.

black&write staff and Fellowship entrants

The 2020 Fellowships will open for applications in late 2019. 

Tristan Savage

Discover past Fellowship winners and their publications.