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Varuna fellowships for writers living in Regional NSW

A NSW LitLink Varuna Fellowship offers writers living in regional NSW a two-week residency at Varuna – The Writers’ House. This prize is awarded each year to one of the five Litlink Fellowship recipients, with the winner being announced at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival (2-4 August 2013).

The NSW LitLink Varuna Fellowship is funded by Arts NSW and developed in partnership with Byron Bay Writers’ Festival and the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre.

It is the vehicle for selecting the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival LitLink and Varuna Unpublished Manuscript Award.


Recipient is provided with:


To be eligible you must:


Varuna considers literary and genre-based work for this award including young adult or junior fiction, travel writing, and family memoir. In making their selection the Varuna Selection Panel is looking for new work that actively engages the reader and has a well-developed sense of direction.

Last year’s winner was Zachary Jane, an emerging writer who lives in Iluka, NSW. Dael Allison, LitLink Unpublished Manuscript Award winner in 2009 said, ‘It has been a privilege having time in the Varuna environment, where writers and writing are valued and nurtured, with access to a wealth of experience.’

Another opportunity to stay at Varuna is being offered to unpublished writers under the age of 30 years old.  The Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency 2013 will accept submissions from Tuesday 2nd April. Last year’s residency was awarded to Dimitra Harvey for her verse novel Poems from Saru.

This residency was established in 2011 by the Koppe family as a tribute to their mother, Ray Koppe, who for many years managed the business affairs of the ASA and was a passionate supporter of young writers. It offers a private working space to further develop a work-in-progress, as well as accommodation and meals (travel expenses are not covered).

Applicants must be Associate Members of the Australian Society of Authors, working on a specific writing project. They must also have no more than eight short pieces in total published in journals, collections and/or anthologies, including commissioned creative blog-posts and digital publications. Writers do not need to have any pieces published to be eligible to apply.



NSW LitLink Varuna Fellowship

Applications open: Friday, 1st March 2013
Applications close: Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Residency: Monday, 19th August – Monday, 2nd September 2013

Guidelines & Application: here


Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency

Applications open: Tuesday, 2nd April 2013
Applications close: Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Information & Application form: Australian Society of Authors (ASA)

Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines here (applicants should read the Frequently Asked Questions before preparing their submission)