Daisy Utemorrah Award

The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by a First Nations author.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Mar 30, 2022




Writing and Publishing

The Daisy Utemorrah Award is now open for entries.

The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by a First Nations author. The Award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people currently living in Australia. The winner of the award receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books. 


Applicants must be:

  • An Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person;
  • Living in Australia;
  • Over 18 years of age or provide consent from a parent or guardian to enter;
  • Not have previously won the Daisy Utemorrah Award;
  • Co-authored manuscripts are eligible, but authors must comply with Magabala’s publishing eligibility criteria.

The submitted manuscript must be:

  • An original work;
  • Manuscripts must be within the category of Junior or Young Adult fiction, that is: fictional works specifically aimed at readers aged between 8 – 18;
  • Unpublished – this means that the manuscript cannot have been previously published, or self-published, with an ISBN in print or electronic form (publication of up to 10 per cent of the manuscript will be accepted);
  • The manuscript must not be currently entered in other writing competitions, or under submission to a publisher, or subject to contractual negotiations;
  • Eligible manuscripts may be in English, Aboriginal English, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language, or a combination of these, including a bilingual text.

Download the Award Guidelines and Entry Form to apply.

Entries CLOSE 30 MARCH 2022

To discuss any aspect of your application please contact Project Officer, Kate Rendell or call the Magabala office on 08 9192 1991.

For more information, visit Magabala

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