Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships

Submissions for the 2018 Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships are now closed. Get to know the winners by reading our announcement.

Awarded annually, the Writing NSW Varuna Fellowships are for members who have a work of fiction, creative non-fiction, a play, or a suite of poems that is ready for the next stage of development. Through this initiative writers receive a week-long residency at Varuna.

This year, two Fellowships are available for members of Writing NSW, with one place reserved for a writer under the age of 30.

Judges of the 2018 Fellowships are Allen & Unwin publisher Jane Palfreyman, author Roanna Gonsalves, and Writing NSW CEO Jane McCredie.

Previous recipients include Adele Dumont, Christopher McDonald, Irma Gold, Alex Chalwell, Mark Brandi, Jacqui Dent, Helen Thurloe, Lucie Stevens, Alison Thompson and Greg Woodland.

What to Submit

  • One-page statement of how the fellowship would contribute to the development of your project.
  • One-page synopsis.
  • Manuscript extract of up to 10 pages.
  • Completed entry form.
  • $20 entry fee to cover administration and reading fees.

Terms & Conditions

Applicants must be current members of the Writing NSW.
You may only submit one application.
Submitted material must be your own original work.
Fiction of all genres, narrative non- fiction, poetry and plays are eligible for submission. Instructional books, translations, picture books, film and television scripts are not eligible.
Your name must not appear on your manuscript, synopsis or statement.
Submitted work must be in English, typed using 1.5 spacing with generous margins. For poems, use single spacing, with double spacing between stanzas.
Each page must include a page number and title or descriptor.
Applications must be submitted no later than midnight 23 September 2018. Late applications will not be considered.
Application materials will not be returned under any circumstances.
The fellowship must be taken in 2019. The residency is to be negotiated directly with Varuna, the Writers’ House, and availability is dependent on their schedule.
Copyright remains the property of the author but the Writing NSW reserves the right to use chosen entries to promote the fellowship.
Successful applicants will be notified directly. The names of the successful applicants will be posted on the Writing NSW in November.
The winners agree to write a report of their residency experience to be used by Writing NSW to promote the Fellowship.
By submitting your entry you agree to these Terms & Conditions.