Varuna Fellowship for Emerging Writers

Varuna, the National Writer's HouseThe SA Writers Centre is partnering with Varuna, the National Writers’ House to offer a new residency and development fellowship for a young South Australian writer.

This opportunity is open to writers, poets and illustrators who are under 35, and are South Australian residents.

The week-long residency will take place from Monday 23 – Monday 30 April 2018. That’s the week leading up to, and including, Varuna’s Sydney Writers Festival events.

The fellowship includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation, including a private space to further develop a work in progress,
  • all meals plus a $300 travel subsidy,
  • an hour-long consultation with one of Varuna’s external writing consultants, to be held during the residency (the consultant will read an extract of up to 10 pages in advance), and
  • free tickets to all events held over the Varuna festival weekend, including networking opportunities, and access to the festival green room.


The recipient must be:

  • under 35 on 1 December 2017,
  • an SA resident for at least the past 12 months,
  • able to take up the residency on the above dates, and
  • have a current work in progress.

Selection Criteria

The recipient will be selected by representatives of the SA Writers Centre staff, board and a South Australian Varuna alumnus. Selection will be based on:

  • The impact of the opportunity on the writer,
  • the ambition and potential of the project, and
  • the quality of the support material.

To apply

Please submit a single PDF document containing the following materials to [email protected]:

  • Your contact details,
  • a bio (max 150 words),
  • a statement addressing how the opportunity will benefit you (max. 250 words),
  • a synopsis of your project (max. 1 page), and
  • artistic support material (writing, illustrations, etc; max. 10 pages including links).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, and those from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.

Applications close on Friday 1 December, 5pm.

The successful recipient will notified by Monday 18 December, 5pm.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact with us.

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