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2021
Archived

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 2022. All works entered must have been first published, performed, screened or broadcast between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2021.

2020

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

2018

2018
Taboo Cover Image
Pan Macmillan Australia
Winner
2018
Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms Cover Image
Simon & Schuster Australia
Shortlisted
2018
Cover image of Finding Eliza
UQP
Shortlisted
2018
Book cover for The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell
Currency Press and Belvoir
Shortlisted
2018
Common People Cover Image
UQP
Shortlisted

2016

2016
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
Magabala Books
Winner
2016
Cover of Heat and Light
Winner
2016
Cover of Inside my mother
Shortlisted
2016
Cover of Not just black and white
Shortlisted
2016
Cover of Dirty Words
Shortlisted
2016
Cover of Ghost River by Tony Birch
Shortlisted