black&write! is a national project and the first of its kind in Australia. The project is designed to recruit, train, and mentor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors to develop Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-authored manuscripts. black&write! is a State Library of Queensland project.
Through the Editing Internships Program, black&write! employs and train Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander editors, providing support, mentorship and practical development with Australian publishers. During the internship, editors have the opportunity to participate in real industry processes and see a manuscript through to the stage of being ready for publication.
The Writing Fellowships Program offers a $10,000 cash prize to two Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers for their unpublished manuscripts. Recipients of the black&write! Fellowships work with the black&write! editors to develop their manuscripts towards publication. At the end of each Fellowship, the edited manuscripts have the opportunity to be published by black&write! publishing partner Hachette Australia.
black&write! aims to:
- train, mentor, and promote outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and editors,
- encourage lifelong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning and literacy and foster a love of reading, writing, and ideas in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Applications close 5pm Thursday 31 January 2019.