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Magabala Fellowship

Applications for the Magabala Fellowship are now open!

Thanks to the generosity of Serp Hills Foundation, we are delighted to open the second 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, young adult and adult fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and memoir (please note children’s picture book manuscripts are ineligible).

The Fellowship is awarded to a mid-career author. To enter you must have previously published at least two books. This can be in any genre or category, but it must have been traditionally published. Self-published works are excluded.

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. Applications will be assessed by Magabala Books, subject to approval by the Magabala Books Board.

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 two trade published books (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(d) be working on an unpublished manuscript; and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.


TO APPLY: please download the guidelines and entry form.


Please contact: Kate Rendell or call Magabala Books on 08 9192 1991 with any questions.



Previous Fellows:

The inaugural Fellowship was awarded to Tristan Michael Savage in 2020. 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 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."

Magabala Books will publish Tristan's award-winning title in 2023.