Call for submissions: Growing Up Aboriginal In Australia

Dr Anita Heiss (photo: Amanda James)

Wonderful news from Black Inc Books: calls for autobiographical accounts of growing up Aboriginal in Australia for an anthology aimed at high school students, to be published in 2018.  This is a timely and brilliant idea – have we really not had such a collection before this?

Dr Anita Heiss, lifetime ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and author of Am I Black Enough for You? will edit the anthology, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia.

Submissions must be between 800 and 3,000 words, and are due on May 1st. The publisher states:

The pieces can be written in a wide range of styles, voices and tones, as long as they are original, honest and reflective; we are not looking for abstract or sociological treatments. The anthology will be aimed both at high school students and general readers. The submissions can deal with any aspect of growing up as a Blackfella, and must be engaging while providing insight into the diverse lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today. We are looking for voices that defy, question or shed light on the usual stereotypes.

A few more details are available on the Black Inc website.


Help support Indigenous Literacy today

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, the annual campaign of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to bringing culturally appropriate books and literacy resources to Indigenous children between 0 and 11 years living in some of the most remote communities in Australia.

The Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions.

On Indigenous Literacy Day, participating book publishers and booksellers donate at least 5 per cent of their takings, so today’s the day to buy a book! It doesn’t matter whether you buy a book online or in a bricks-and-mortar store, your purchase will directly assist some of Australia’s most disadvantaged young people.

I’m delighted to be helping the Foundation find sources of support in the corporate and philanthropic communities.

Here’s a short informative video about what the Foundation does: