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Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

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Varuna’s Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers are open to all writers, published or unpublished, who are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and are currently living in Australia.
Varuna will award four Copyright Agency Fellowships in 2018. Each fellowship includes:

  • A week’s residential fellowship including accommodation, private writing space, and full board.

  • A one-on-one mentoring consultations with Dr Peter Minter, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, as well as a writing consultation with a Varuna consultant.
  • Reimbursement of all travel expenses to and from Varuna (we are in the Blue Mountains of NSW, 100 kilometres west of Sydney).
  • A publishing appraisal from Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher, for any work that you complete as a result of this fellowship, available for up to 18 months following the period of your fellowship.

For more information visit the Varuna National Writers House website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The LitLink Residential Fellowship

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A LitLink Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators of fiction and narrative non-fiction living in regional NSW and Sydney Surrounds a two-week creative residency at Varuna the National Writers House in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW.
The Fellowship includes 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 the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a Varuna Consultant. Varuna awards five Litlink Fellowships to writers living in regional NSW each year.
To be eligible for a LitLink Residential Fellowship you will need to live in regional New South Wales or Sydney Surrounds* and have written a work of poetry, drama, fiction or narrative non-fiction. Your work should also be at an advanced stage.
Varuna considers all poetry, drama, literary, and genre-based work for the Fellowships. This includes young adult and junior fiction, travel writing, theatre and film scripts and family memoir. In making their selection the Selectors are looking for new work that is original, actively engages the reader/intended audience and that has a distinctive voice and a well-developed sense of direction.
For more information visit the Varuna National Writers House website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

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Affirm Press and Varuna the National Writers’ House are pleased to announce that applications for the Affirm Press Mentorship Award are open online.
Now in its fourth year, this creative partnership offers up to three writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team while in residence at Varuna in the Blue Mountains of NSW.
The aim of the Affirm mentorship is to help writers get their manuscript to a publishable standard and, if the process is successful, for Affirm to publish the work. By its very nature a development program like this cannot guarantee publication, but Affirm Press will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a work of literary value.
A wonderful aspect of the program is the residency at Varuna, Australia’s pre-eminent institution for the professional development of Australian writers and literature.
The residency week will be held from Monday 29 October until Sunday 4 November 2018 and includes full board and accommodation, including a private room and studio for each writer.
Applications close midnight 31 May 2018.
For further details visit or call (02) 4782 5674. Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowship for Writers & Illustrators

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Each year since 1991 Varuna has offered at least 25 Residential Fellowships for Writing Retreats. Over this time Varuna has developed a unique environment encouraging sustained work, conversation and community among writers. Varuna Fellowships for Writing Retreats offer writers a residency in an environment wholly dedicated to writing, with accommodation and full board provided, to develop an established writing or illustration project.
Residential Fellowships are available to be taken between January and May each year.
Varuna Residential Fellowships and Varuna Second Book Fellowships are both for two weeks.
The Henry Handel Richardson Flagship Fellowship is also for two weeks and includes a cash award of $1000 to cover travel costs and additional expenses. You can find out more about the Henry Handel Richardson Society here.
The Dark and the Hewett Flagship Fellowships are each for three weeks.
Flagship Fellowships and Second Book Fellowships are awarded by the Peer Selection panel as part of the assessment process and do not need a separate application.
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  • Closing: 30 July 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals