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Nakata Brophy Prize For Young Indigenous Writers

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, established in 2014 and now in its ninth year, recognises the…

Writers

Opportunity Details

Closing Date

Jul 27, 2024

Location

Victoria

Artform

Writing and Publishing

Sponsored by Trinity College at the University of Melbourne and supporters, the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, established in 2014 and now in its ninth year, recognises the talent of young Indigenous writers across Australia.

It is the first of its kind in Victoria, and complements Trinity’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous education and reconciliation. The initiative is named after the first two Indigenous residential students at Trinity College – Sana Nakata and Lilly Brophy. The aim of the prize is to provide the winner with the opportunity to focus on and develop their writing skills and portfolio.

First prize includes $5000, an optional writing residency at Trinity College, and publication of the successful piece in Overland. The prize alternates between poetry and short fiction each year.

In 2024, first prize will be awarded to the best poem up to 88 lines by an Indigenous writer who is 35 years or younger at the closing date of the competition. A runner-up prize may also be awarded.

The prize opens on 10 May 2024 and will close 27 July 2024 at 11:59pm AEST.

Eligibility and selection criteria:

  • The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 35 years or younger at the closing date of the competition
  • First prize will be awarded to the best poem up to 88 lines
  • The work must be unpublished at the time of entry
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document
  • The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner
  • Second and third place prizes may be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

The residency

The Trinity College residency will provide the writer with a bespoke opportunity for professional and creative engagement with the wider Melbourne writing scene, community involvement with the student cohort at the College, and social and professional engagement with staff at the College. Trinity will cover the costs of flights, accommodation, and all meals during the residency period.

Subject to the winner’s availability, the residency will be hosted at Trinity College between March and May to facilitate engagement with one or both of the Blak&Bright First Nations Literary Festival and the Melbourne Writers Festival. The residency will provide ample time for the fellow to work on their writing.

There will be opportunities to engage in campus and college life, to give workshops or talks, and receive writing mentorship. Trinity will connect the writer-in-residence with staff and students, including their Indigenous Engagement and Support Coordinator and potential mentors, during the residency.

Subject to the wishes of the Indigenous writer-in-resident, the residency may include:

  • a prize presentation evening at the Awards Dinner in late March
  • mentorship with writers connected with Trinity College or the University of Melbourne
  • an introduction to the Trinity-run Indigenous reading group and student group
  • inclusion in staff events via the Senior Common Room
  • readings/participation in Trinity’s programs and/or at Overland events
  • running a workshop for the Trinity-run book club, Literature Coterie.

For more information, visit overland.org.au