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SLQ partners with Hachette for black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is partnering with Hachette Australia for its annual black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships.

The fellowships for writers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent were established in 2011 in partnership with Magabala Books, and have since produced eight published books.

SLQ said in a statement that the partnership with Magabala Books to publish the winning manuscripts ended in December 2015.

‘The success that this ambitious project has achieved in that time, including a legacy of eight published books, is a testament to the commitment and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writing shared by the organisations,’ said SLQ.

Under the new partnership, SLQ and Hachette will continue to offer two fellowships for unpublished and published Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. The winners will each receive $10,000 in prize money, manuscript development with Indigenous editors at black&write! and a Hachette Australia publisher, and a publication opportunity with Hachette Australia.

Hachette Australia publishing director Fiona Hazard said the fellowships were an ‘amazing opportunity to … find and work with Indigenous writers and editors’.

The winners of the 2015 fellowships, announced in mid-2015, were Jannali Jones for ‘My Father’s Shadow’ and Alison Whittaker for ‘Lemons in the Chicken Wire’.

For more information, visit the SLQ website here.



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