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Scribe Varuna Residency

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The 2020 Scribe Varuna program is looking for narrative non-fiction on climate change, nature, and the environment in the anthropocene.

Scribe Publications will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a publishable work of literary value. It is important for applicants to note that this program does not come with a guarantee of publication.

The residency includes manuscript feedback and meetings with Scribe editorial staff, independent writing time in your own private writing studio, accommodation and meals. Scribe editors live with the writers at Varuna, and meet with each writer at the beginning and end of the week to discuss your project. Evenings offer the opportunity to meet with other writers and the Scribe editors over dinner to chat about publishing and writing.

To apply, you will need to submit between 7,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work.

Fees: There is a fee of $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. 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.

Closing date: Thursday 18 June 2020.

For more information, including further information about what Scribe is looking for in a manuscript, please visit Varuna’s website.

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