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National Indigenous Story Awards 2020

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Updated 16/19/2020

Thank you to all who have made a submission to the National Indigenous Story Awards.  The winners have been decided and currently being notified.  Details of the winners will be uploaded to the website shortly.

updated 16/11/2020

Submissions for the National Indigenous Story Awards are now closed.

These awards are for unpublished storytellers who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Stories can be spoken, sung, or written in prose or poetic form. They can be fictional, creative, historical, personal, political, and more.

$5,000 first prize

$1,000 second and third prizes

Entry conditions
  1. Employees and immediate families of the promoter, associated companies and agencies are ineligible to enter.
  2. All entries must be submitted online by completing the entry form.
  3. Entrants are of Indigenous Australian heritage.
  4. Entrants are unpublished authors.
  5. Persons under the age of 18 need parent's/guardian's permission to enter.
  6. Previous winners are ineligible to enter.
  7. Entrants can submit a maximum of three (3) pieces of work.
  8. Works are not to have been previously pubilshed (this does not include personal blog).
  9. Acknowledged receipt of entries is via automated response.
  10. The judges' decision is final.
  11. Copright remains with the author.

Submit Work Here

*Please note all areas of the form must be filled in to successfully submit your entry.

Written work

Please submit work in word doc or pdf format (maximum 5000 words).

Audio recordings

Please submit via Soundcloud.

How to upload: 

  1. Create a SoundCloud account.
  2. Upload your sound file.
  3. Choose privacy settings. Private uploads can be shared with only people you share the link with.
  4. Please send us a link to your recording.


If you would like to submit a video of yourself performing your story, please submit via YouTube or Vimeo.

How to upload:

  1. Create a YouTube or Vimeo account.
  2. Upload your video.
  3. Choose privacy settings. Private uploads can be shared with only people you share the link with.
  4. Please send us a link to your video.



Returning judge Nathaniel Andrew, joined by Tony Birch and Evelyn Araluen.

Competion dates

October 8 - November 15, 2020

Winners Announced December 15, 2020

The Indigenous Story Project acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and La Trobe University for its support of these awards.

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About Indigenous Story

The Indigenous Story Project hosts Indigenous stories across many forms. It aims to provide an opportunity to gather, (re)generate, and host stories, and thus knowledges, through spoken word, in music, in film, in visual arts, writing, and all dynamic multimedia forms. 

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