The black&write! Fellowship competition asks writers to submit a synopsis of their manuscript. Synopsis requirements can vary depending on who is asking you to write one, so always read the submission guidelines. Basically, a synopsis is an overview of your entire piece of work (this can include the ending of your story too).
For the black&write! competition, the synopsis can be informal and does not have to follow any strict guidelines.
In your submission to black&write!, we’d love to see synopses that:
- are approximately 100 words
- outline the plot (beginning, middle, end) or the main themes and concepts if it is a collection of poetry/short stories
- mention any published books similar to the manuscript you are entering.
Before submitting to black&write!, we suggest reading through your manuscript carefully to make sure it’s in the best shape it can be and tells the story you want. It is not necessary to get your manuscript professionally edited before entering the black&write! Fellowship competition. If your manuscript is selected, you’ll go through the editing process with us!
black&write! doesn’t offer individual editing services outside of the black&write! competition and publishing partnerships. To find editing services and more information you can check out the below:
Many writers centres will also offer manuscript assessments and editing options.
Each state has writing centres that offer opportunities and advice for writers. They may have short courses, mentorship opportunities, reading and writing groups or prizes.
- Queensland Writers Centre
- Writing NSW
- Writers Victoria
- Writers SA
- Writing WA
- Northern Territory Writers Centre
Other helpful organisations:
- First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN)
- Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
- Kill Your Darlings (KYD)
- The Wheeler Centre
- Varuna: The National Writers’ House
- Australian Society of Authors
- The Copyright Agency
If you have any more questions feel free to contact us at Indigenous.Writing@slq.qld.gov.au.
black&write! session at 2017 IPEd Brisbane conference: Editing work with Indigenous content
The Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) is the peak body for editing professionals in Australia, and they recently held a national conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. We had the opportunity to work with the national IPEd conference, so black&write! presents to you our session from that day;…
Writing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Characters in Fiction
By black&write! Editor Intern Jasmin McGaughey There can be a slight feeling of apprehension some writers’ face when they include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander characters in their work, because there is, and should be, pressure to get representation right. This pressure comes from readers, and attempts to prevent stereotyping,…
By Allanah Hunt I have always been a lover of literature. As a child, I voraciously gobbled up every book in my path. One of my favourite authors was Enid Blyton. I owned copies of Famous Five , The Faraway Tree, and The Twins of St. Claire , which were…
Kill Your Darlings
black&write! has partnered with Kill Your Darlings to help create more publication opportunities for First Nations writers. Check out the below pieces that have been published by Kill Your Darlings and edited by one of the black&write! Junior Editors.
- Water is Life and Life is Finite by Natalie Cromb
- Australia’s Double Standards on Statues and Sacred Sites by Patrick Mercer
The submission link for the next round will open again and can be found here.
black&write! has also partnered with Griffith Review to give our editor interns and junior editors further training and experience. This partnership involves getting insight into how Griffith Review works and how to edit shorter pieces of work.
If you’d like to know more about the editing internship with black&write!, have a look here.
To submit to Griffith Review, check out their submissions information here.