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Magabala Fellowship

Magabala Fellowship for a mid-career author - now open for entries!

Thanks to the generosity of the Serp Hills Foundation, we are delighted to announce a new Magabala Fellowship. This 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 of junior, YA and adult fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir (please note children’s picture book manuscripts are ineligible). To enter you must have previously published at least one book. This can be in any genre or category, but it must have been traditionally published. Self-published works are excluded.

You must have a manuscript underway and be able to outline how you would benefit from this fellowship. If a publishable work is produced as a result of the fellowship, Magabala Books reserves the first right of refusal to publish the work.

The Fellowship is free to enter.

The Fellowship payment is awarded separately to a publishing contract and does not constitute an advance on royalties.

*Please note, illustrators are not eligible to apply for this Fellowship. It is our intention to establish a separate Illustration Fellowship in 2021, with details to be confirmed.

Applicants will be asked to provide:

(a) an entry form;
(b) confirmation of Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander identity;
(c) no more than 500 words explaining how this grant of money would benefit you;
(d) a short outline of the plot of your Manuscript of no more than 250 words; and
(e) a sample of your Manuscript.

Applications close: 30 October 2020


Terms and Conditions

Eligibility for Entry

(a) be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, currently residing in Australia;
(b) be aged 18 years or over;
(c) have published a minimum of one trade published book (self-published works do not fit this criteria);
(d) be working on an unpublished manuscript; and
(e) be able to outline how you would benefit from this fellowship.


Have questions?
Please feel free to contact, Kate Rendell 
projects@magabala.com or call Magabala Books on 08 9192 1991.