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Magabala Books is committed to nurturing and celebrating the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers, writers, artists and illustrators.
The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer.
Presented within the WA Premier’s Book Awards, this national award recognises excellence in junior and YA fiction and seeks to grow Indigenous writing for younger readers. Generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the WA Government, the winner receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books.
The 2022 Daisy Utemorrah Award is closed for entries. The award winner will be annouced in June.
The Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is a national biennial award that identifies new talent in the art of children’s picture book illustration.
Awarded to an Indigenous artist or emerging illustrator, the winner receives $10,000, a professional mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s picture book by a renowned Indigenous author. The award seeks to address industry demand for Indigenous illustrators, support emerging illustrators to develop their craft and encourage Indigenous artists who haven’t illustrated before.
The award is generously supported by the Kestin Family Foundation.
Presented biennially, the next Kestin Award will open in early 2022.
Magabala Scholarships support professional development relating to writing, illustration and storytelling, which may result in a manuscript for potential publication. Scholarships are self-customised to meet the development needs of the individual creator.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers, writers, illustrators and artists of any genre are eligible to apply. Scholarship proposals are welcomed from both emerging and established creators.
Creative Development Scholarships will open for applications in September 2022.
Magabala Books has launched a new Magabala Fellowship. This annual opportunity worth $10,000, is intended to provide valuable time for a mid-career author to work on a current manuscript. The Fellowship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers and writers who have previously published at least two publications.
The next Fellowship will open in September 2022.
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