Young Indigenous writers prize

The Nakata Brophy Short Fiction and Poetry Prize for Young Indigenous Writers was established in 2014 and is awarded annually.

Indigenous writers prize 658x168This prize recognises the work of young Indigenous writers. It is the first of its kind in Victoria, and complements Trinity’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous education and reconciliation.

It is named after the first two Indigenous students to be residents at Trinity College – Sana Nakata and Lilly Brophy – who both enrolled in 2001.

Dr Nakata is now a lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Brophy is a vet in Deloraine, Tasmania.

The aim of the prize is to provide the winner with the opportunity to focus on their writing.

The prize alternates between poetry and short fiction each year. In 2017, it was presented for a piece of short fiction to last year's runner-up, Evelyn Araluen.

The prize includes $5,000, a place as Writer-in-Residence at Trinity for a period of three to six months, and publication of the successful piece in the May/June edition of Overland.

Applications for the 2018 prize open on 1 December 2017. Prize guidelines and entry here

Past winners

2014 prize winner: Jessica Hart. Read more

2015 prize winner: Marika Duczynski. Read more

2016 prize winner: Ellen van Neerven. Read more

2017 prize winner: Evelyn Araluen. Read more

Entry conditions

  • The prize is open to Indigenous writers who are 30 years or younger at the closing date of the competition;
  • The work – in the form of poetry for the 2018 award – must be unpublished at the time of entry.
  • Entrants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia;
  • Writers must complete and submit a Confirmation of Aboriginality Form.
  • Submission of work will be processed electronically and judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the submitted document;
  • The prize will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and they reserve the right to not select a winner if entries are not of a sufficient standard for the current year; and
  • Late applications will not be considered.

For more information, contact Associate Dean of the Residential College, Dr Gayle Allen: