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Grants From Varuna the National Writers House

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna offers a range of prestigious Fellowships designed to support writers across different genres and at all stages of their writing careers. Fellowships are all competitively awarded and include between one and four weeks’ residency at Varuna.

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

awarded to five writers from regional NSW and outer-western Sydney in 2020. We are hoping to support writers to develop new work in response to the drought and bushfire crisis.

Key dates

Applications open 10 February 2020 and close 27 March 2020.

The residency will be held from Monday 27 July to Monday 3 August.

Fees

Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300. If these fees present a barrier that prevent you from applying, please contact varuna@varuna.com.au to discuss.

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  • Closing: 27 March 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Varuna the National Writers House

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Held in partnership with Affirm Press, these publishing intensive mentorships provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work.

For the 2020 Mentorship Award, Affirm Press is looking for YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction (10+) with sci-fi and fantasy themes.

Key dates

Applications open 16 March and close 29 April 2020.

If successful, you will be required to take your residency between Monday November 2 and Sunday November 8, 2020.

Fees

There is a fee of $60 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

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  • Closing: 29 April 2020
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowships

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna Residential Fellowships offer two to three weeks of full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and a one-hour Varuna Conversation with a Varuna consultant.

In 2021, Varuna will offer 24 Varuna Residential Fellowships, including our prestigious Flagship Fellowships.

Key dates

Applications for the 2021 residency program will open June 15, 2020 and close midnight on July 29, 2020.

Varuna Residential Fellowships can be taken between January and the end of May 2021.

Fees

Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $35.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 per week towards your residency (note that this fee is waived for the Henry Handel Richardson fellowship).

And you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300.

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  • Closing: 29 July 2020
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Each year, five fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.

This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.

The fellowship week also includes professional development opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring session, and a half day group workshop .

Key dates

For 2021 fellowships, applications open mid-October 2020 and will close mid-December 2020.

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  • Closing: 14 December 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals