NSW Writer’s Fellowship

Photo of 2016 Writers Fellowship recipient, Anwen Crawford

Photo of 2016 Writers Fellowship recipient, Anwen Crawford

The NSW Writer’s Fellowship is offered by the State Government in partnership with Varuna, The National Writers’ House to enable a professional writer to undertake a self-directed program of professional development.

The Fellowship is open to writers of fiction, literary non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, poetry, graphic novels, literary digital and new media work and writing for performance.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines (ACDP) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 12 June 2017
Applications close: 21 August 2017 (Midnight, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • To be eligible to apply, you must identify as a professional writer;
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; and
  •  a NSW resident.

Funding range:

The Writer’s Fellowship is valued at $30,000 and includes an optional residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Types of activities funded:

  • travel (international and/or national)
  • mentorships or internships with recognised historians or historical organisations
  • residencies at institutions/organisations
  • short-term courses, workshops or other training (Note: The Fellowship is not available to support study which will result in formal tertiary qualification such as a degree)
  • research
  • skills development
  • creation of new work
  • any combination of the above.

Applicants are required to read the Arts and Cultural Development Program Guidelines before applying.

To apply for funding through this Fellowship program you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system available from 12 June.

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