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Varuna Residential Fellowships

Varuna Residential Fellowships offer two to three weeks of 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 a one-hour Varuna Conversation with a Varuna consultant.

Varuna welcomes manuscripts from writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction. Artistic merit is the most important criterion for the assessors, who are looking for strongly written characters, sound structure, compelling themes, a distinctive and engaging voice, and social and cultural relevance. The assessors also consider the potential of your manuscript, based on the experience of the writer and their work plan.

Varuna Residential Fellowships can be taken between January and the end of May 2020.

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. For poetry, you need to send in a selection of 10 poems.

Application fee: $65, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $35.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 per week towards your residency (note that this fee is waived for the Henry Handel Richardson fellowship).

Applications for the 2020 residency program close midnight on 30 July 2019.

More information, and an online application form, can be found on the Varuna website.

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