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 .
First Nations Fellowships also include 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.
You will need to submit between 4,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work. You can also submit your work in the form of recorded audio if you prefer. For poetry entries, please submit 10 poems.
Fees: there is no application fee for this residency, nor for the Fellowship itself.
Applications close: Wednesday 18 December 2019.
Please visit Varuna’s website for more information.