Supernatural crime and poetry win Indigenous Fellowships

The State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Fellowships for 2023 have been announced with two diverse works from First Nations writers taking the honours.
black&write! Fellows Jacob K Gallagher and Dakota Feirer. Image supplied

The State Library of Queensland (SLQ) is in the 12th year of its annual literary awards program, the black&write! Fellowships. Aptly named, this national program has the dual aims of developing and assisting First Nations writers and editors, through Writing Fellowships and Editing Internships.  

Each year, black&write! offers two Fellowships for unpublished manuscripts submitted by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. There are no barriers to the application process, which is free and uncomplicated; both published and unpublished authors can apply. It is also open to a wide range of adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts. A $10,000 cash prize helps take the financial pressure off, to assist writing time.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.