Black Inc. are currently calling for submissions for autobiographical accounts of growing up as an Aboriginal person in Australia for an anthology to be edited by Anita Heiss, author of Am I Black Enough for You?
Aboriginal people in Australia are defined by many stereotypes and labels: Good at footy and dot painting. Spiritual. Angry Activists. Living in remote communities. And then there’s a raft of negative and abusive terms. But where do these labels come from and is there any truth to them? What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? Do you call yourself an Aboriginal Australian? An Australian Aborigine? Or do you identify as Indigenous, First Nations, Murri, Koori, Noongar or something else?
The submissions can be written in a wide range of styles, voices and tones, as long as they are original, honest and reflective; they 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. They are looking for voices that defy, question or shed light on the usual stereotypes.
Submissions should be between 800 and 3000 words in length and must be received by 1 May 2017. Late entries will not be accepted – Anita says they are not on Koori time.
The anthology Growing up Aboriginal in Australia will be published by Black Inc. in early 2018.
Please send submissions by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org