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American Australian Association Arts Fund Indigenous Scholarships

“The American-Australian Arts Fund (AAAF) provides support of up to US $20,000 to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively. The American Australian Association awards more than 15 arts scholarships and grants per year and has overall awarded more than 500 grants, totaling over $1 million, to talented emerging artists since establishing the scholarship program in 2002.

The following scholarship and grant opportunities are specifically available to emerging Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Islander artists under the AAAF. These scholarships and grants support artists in the fields of theatre, film, television, dance, music, visual arts, craft, design, literature, photography and fashion.

AAA Indigenous Arts Grant (AUS to USA only): Will support one Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander undertaking or planning to undertake artistic development in any art field, in the United States. This scholarship will provide up to US $10,000 of support which may be used toward travel, tuition, living expenses and any other associated artistic development costs.

AAA Arts Fund (AUS to USA and USA to AUS): Will support Indigenous Australian, Torres Strait Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists undertaking or planning to undertake artistic development in any art field, in the country of the other. These grants will provide up to US $5,000 of support which may be used toward travel, tuition, living expenses and any other associated artistic development costs.”

Growing Up in Country Australia: Call for submissions – Black Inc.

“We are looking for non-fiction pieces that deal with any aspect of growing up in rural Australia – in all its vast diversity. We encourage submissions from First Nations writers, writers of colour, writers with a disability and writers with a migrant background.

Submissions can be in any manner, tone or style, but should not be academic or scholarly. They should be written in first-person and be honest accounts of lived experience – positive, negative or anything in between.” Seeking submissions of 1000-4000 words. Closing 22nd January.

ASA Writers & Illustrator Mentorship Program

“Thanks to a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, we are able to offer a new mentorship program for writers and illustrators, to help you develop your work to a publishable standard… Entries will be accepted in the following genres for writers: fiction (both literary and genre), narrative non-fiction (including autobiography/memoir, essays and histories), journalism, poetry, illustrated and lifestyle non-fiction, young adult literature and children’s writing for all ages. Illustrator entries will be accepted for children’s picture books and graphic novels.” Closing 31st January.

2021 black&write! Writing Fellowships

There is no fee to enter. The black&write! Writing Fellowships are open to all writers (published and unpublished) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent currently living in Australia. The Fellowships are open to adult fiction, young adult fiction, short story collection, poetry collection and children’s book manuscripts. Closing 1st February 2021.

2021 Slinkies Under 30s call out – Spineless Wonders

This opportunity is free to enter. “Do you battle with Millennial Fatigue? Symptoms include a generalised sense of impending doom about our planet whilst at the same time tuning it out entirely to focus on what really matters… why does this person’s Instagram feed horrify me to my very core, yet I keep going back to see what the hell they’ve done now? It’s okay, you might just be Under 30! Seeking work under 10,000 words of absolutely any genre or style.” Closing 1st February.

Dal Stivens Award

“The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit. The story or essay must be:

  • between 3,000 and 10,000 words
  • published or accepted for publication within the 12 months prior to the Award closing date.

Self-published works will be accepted for this Award, but must be edited to a professional standard.” Closing 2nd February 2021.

Kathleen Mitchell Award 2021

“The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career. The novel or novella must have been published or accepted for publication within the 2 years prior to the Award closing date. This can be demonstrated by the providing an ISBN or letter of confirmation from the publisher as part of your entry. For the Kathleen Mitchell Award you may submit one entry only.

Established in 1996 by the will of the late Kathleen Adele Mitchell, the Award aims to encourage the advancement, improvement and betterment of Australian literature, and to provide emerging writers with funding to further their practice.” Closing 2nd February 2021.

The Marten Bequest Scholarships 2021

“The Marten Bequest Scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas… Individual artists who are:

  • Australia citizens
  • aged 21 – 35 (17 – 35 for ballet) at the closing date may submit proposals.

These are terms established by The Marten Bequest and there are no exceptions to this requirement.” Closing 2nd February 2021.

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