PIP Guidelines

Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program 2019


Guidelines & Application Form


Applications must be made by midnight on 30 October 2018. We suggest you also browse through our FAQs before preparing your submission, particularly to check your eligibility and to understand the costs of the program.



You will need to save your submission (cover page plus your complete draft manuscript) as a single PDF before you start the application.


Cover Page

Your cover page should include the following headings and details:

  • Name of manuscript: The name of your manuscript
  • Logline: A one-two line description of your manuscript
  • Similar to: Three published works to which you feel your manuscript is similar
  • Synopsis: A brief synopsis of the work (approx. 200 words)
  • Work plan: Brief outline of your intended work plan while at Varuna, bearing in mind that a Fellowship will normally be taken some months after your application (approx. 100 words)
  • Previous writing experience: If this includes previously published works please identify the publisher or journal (approx. 100 words)

You can open/download a sample cover page here, Microsoft Word format or as a PDF.

NOTE: While there is no limit to how often you may apply for a Varuna fellowship, we request that you do not resubmit a work from a previous year unless there has been substantial reworking/revision.



Please note the following when formatting your work:

  • Submitted work should be in English, typed in Times New Roman (font size 12), double-spaced and with generous margins of 3 cm on both left and right.
  • When work is double-spaced, it can be hard discerning where one paragraph ends and another begins. For this reason, we stress the importance of indenting the first line of each new paragraph (you can set up the style in Word to do this automatically). New paragraphs should also be used for each new speaker of dialogue.
  • Paragraphs should not be right-hand justified, as this makes the manuscript harder for our assessors to read.
  • Include an identifying title and the page number on the top-right corner of each page.
  • Please do take the time to carefully check your manuscript for spelling and grammatical errors. If you require assistance with this process, Varuna can put you in touch with professional editorial services.
  • As we assess submissions 'blind' it is very important that you do not include your name or identifying details on any portion of your submission.


Saving your Word file as a PDF document

You will need to save your submission as a single PDF document. Please use the name of your manuscript as the PDF submission name, ensuring the name of the file is 25 characters or less. Click here for how to convert your Word file to a PDF file.


To submit your application, go to: https://varuna.formstack.com/forms/pip. After uploading your submission successfully, you will be taken to a Thank You screen. This completes your application.

If there is any problem with your application, Varuna will contact you by email. To ensure that you receive the email from Varuna, we suggest you add Varuna's email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to your email address book as a contact.

For other information, such as conditions, feedback to applicants, program costs and key dates, please see our FAQ page.

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