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Magabala announces $10,000 award for Indigenous illustrators

Magabala Books has announced a new biennial award for Indigenous illustrators, with the winner to receive $10,000, a mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s story by Sally Morgan.

Magabala said the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is ‘partly in response to the Australian curriculum’s cross-curriculum priority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures’, as well as ‘growing interest from the children’s book market for stories by Indigenous authors’.

‘Over thirty years of publishing, Magabala Books’ children’s list has been ahead of its time and now the market is catching up,’ said the publisher.

The award, which is funded by the Kestin Family Foundation, ‘will support emerging illustrators to develop their craft, and encourage Indigenous artists who haven’t illustrated before’, said Magabala publisher Rachel Bin Salleh.

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