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Magabala Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of The Serp Hills Foundation, we are delighted to launch the 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 payment is awarded separately to a publishing contract and does not constitute an advance on royalties.

The inaugural Fellowship was awarded to Tristan Michael Savage. A Brisbane-based, Kalkadoon man who grew up in Townsville, North Queensland, Tristan is the author of the young adult sci-fi adventure novel Rift Breaker (Magabala Books 2014) and has written for the Logie nominated children’s television series, Grace Beside Me. Tristan’s other creative pursuits include the performing arts, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. Of the Fellowship win, Tristan said:

“I’m absolutely stoked and consider it a great honour to be chosen as the inaugural winner of the Magabala Fellowship, and I look forward to further developing my current work-in-progress."

Jared Thomas received an AIC Creative Grant as runner-up and Maree McCarthy Yoelu was awarded a discretionary scholarship for her highly-commended work. 

The next Fellowship call for entries will open in September 2021 and be awarded in 2021.


Fellowship 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(d) be working on an unpublished manuscript; and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 or call Magabala Books on 08 9192 1991.