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Daisy Utemorrah Award

Date: Wed March 30 2022 12:00 am to Wed March 30 2022 11:59 pm

The Daisy Utemorrah Award is now open for entries. 

The Daisy Utemorrah Award is for an unpublished manuscript of junior or YA fiction by a First Nations author. The Award is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people currently living in Australia. The winner of the award receives $15,000 and a publishing contract with Magabala Books. 


Applicants must be:

  • An Aboriginal person and/or Torres Strait Islander person;
  • Living in Australia;
  • Over 18 years of age or provide consent from a parent or guardian to enter;
  • Not have previously won the Daisy Utemorrah Award;
  • Co-authored manuscripts are eligible, but authors must comply with Magabala’s publishing eligibility criteria.

The submitted manuscript must be:

  • An original work;
  • Manuscripts must be within the category of Junior or Young Adult fiction, that is: fictional works specifically aimed at readers aged between 8 – 18;
  • Unpublished – this means that the manuscript cannot have been previously published, or self-published, with an ISBN in print or electronic form (publication of up to 10 per cent of the manuscript will be accepted);
  • The manuscript must not be currently entered in other writing competitions, or under submission to a publisher, or subject to contractual negotiations;
  • Eligible manuscripts may be in English, Aboriginal English, an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language, or a combination of these, including a bilingual text.

Entried close 30 March 2022.


For more information, visit the Magabala website at: https://www.magabala.com/pages/daisy-utemorrah-award

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