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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The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writer.
Launched as part of 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.
Presented annually, the next Daisy Utemorrah Award will open in early 2020 and will be awarded in July 2020.
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 late 2020 and will be awarded in 2021.
The 2019 Magabala Creative Development Scholarships have now closed for applications. Awarded scholarships will be announced in November.
The next Scholarships round will open in mid-2020.
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.
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