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2020
Winners announced
Cover image of the book The White Girl.
University of Queensland Press
Winner
Alfred's War
Magabala Books
Shortlisted
Too Much Lip
University of Queensland Press
Shortlisted

The judging panel

Jane McCredie

Senior Judge

Jane McCredie is an award-winning journalist, writer and reviewer who has been widely published in Australia and internationally. A former book publisher, she is the CEO of Writing NSW and the founder and director of the Quantum Words Festival of writing about science. She is the author of Making Girls and Boys: Inside the science of sex and was coeditor of the 2013 anthology of The Best Australian Science Writing. Jane is a graduate of the Australia Council’s arts leaders program and has previously chaired both the Christina Stead and Douglas Stewart panels of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Daniel Browning

Daniel Browning is an Aboriginal journalist and radio broadcaster. A descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples of far northern New South Wales and south-western Queensland, Daniel presents and produces Awaye!, the Indigenous art and culture program on ABC RN which surveys contemporary cultural practice across the arts spectrum. A visual arts graduate, Daniel is also a widely-published arts writer.

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Samuel Wagan Watson

Samuel Wagan Watson hails from Munanjali/Wunjaburra and German ancestry. Samuel’s collection of poetry, Smoke Encrypted Whispers was awarded the 2005 Kenneth Slessor Prize and the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year. Recently he co-wrote a poetic exploration of relics held in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, entitled Time and Memory. In 2018 he was gifted the Patrick White Literary Award. He is a Brisbane-based writer, and is proud to be published by University of Queensland Press.

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Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven is the award-winning author of Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) and Comfort Food (UQP, 2016). Ellen is Mununjali Yugambeh from South East Queensland and lives and works in Brisbane.

About the Prize

The Indigenous Writers' Prize ($30,000) is offered biennially.  The Prize was first awarded in 2016.  The prize is intended to acknowledge the contribution made to Australian literary culture by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

The prize is open to those who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and who are accepted as such by the communities in which they live. 

The Prize is designed to recognise literary merit and promote works in all categories including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, books for children and young adults, plays and scriptwriting. Entrants to the Indigenous Writers' Prize are also eligible to enter their work in any of the other award categories, and entry fees will apply for each category entered.

Co-authored entries will only be considered if both writers are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The prize will be next awarded in 2020. All works entered must have been first published, performed, screened or broadcast between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2019.

2018

Taboo Cover Image
Pan Macmillan Australia
Winner
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms Cover Image
Simon & Schuster Australia
Shortlisted
Cover image of Finding Eliza
UQP
Shortlisted
Book cover for The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell
Currency Press and Belvoir
Shortlisted
Common People Cover Image
UQP
Shortlisted

2016

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Magabala Books
Winner
Cover of Heat and Light
Winner
Cover of Inside my mother
Shortlisted
Cover of Not just black and white
Shortlisted
Cover of Dirty Words
Shortlisted
Cover of Ghost River by Tony Birch
Shortlisted