Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program 2019

Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program 2019

A pathway to publication

Would you like the opportunity to have your work read by one of Australia’s leading publishers, with a view to possible publication? Our Publisher Introduction Program (PIP) offers just that, along with a seven-day residency at Varuna and a manuscript consultation with one of Varuna’s writing consultants.


The Harper Effect cover

I'm finally able to announce that Pan Macmillan have signed me up on a two-book deal. A new chapter begins. I must thank Varuna House and the Publishing Introduction Program; its amazing mentors and supporters have helped me get to this point in my writing career. Writing dreams really do come true!

Taryn Bashford, PIP participant, 2016

Each year, our Varuna assessors select the work of 25 writers to be read by one of our participating publishers. From that pool, our publishers choose five writers to receive a PIP Development Residency, which includes a seven-day residency at Varuna, extended manuscript consultation and a half-day publishing workshop. Up to five further writers will receive a PIP Pathways Residency, which includes a seven-day residency and a one-hour Varuna conversation with one of Varuna's writing consultants. Each publisher provides feedback as to what drew them to your work, and commits to reading your manuscript again at the end of your fellowship period.

While being chosen to participate in this program does not guarantee publication, this fellowship presents many opportunities both for emerging and established writers. You will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in your writing, gather with other writers in a collegiate environment, receive support from a literary mentor, and be eligible to join the prestigious Varuna alumni.

In 2019, participating publishers include Allen and Unwin, Black Inc, HardieGrant, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Penguin Random House, UQP and UWA Publishing.

Applications open 1 October 2018 and close 30 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be announced on our website and notified on 5 February 2019 PLEASE NOTE: due to a delay in the Selection process, the announcement will be made the following week. If you are successful in your application, the fellowship week will occur between 22 and 29 July, 2019.

Application fees are $120 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees go towards administration fees and paying professional assessors to read your work. If you are currently experiencing financial hardship, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request partial fee relief.

If you are successful in receiving a fellowship, you will be asked to make a contribution of up to $385 towards the costs of your residency and mentorship. If you receive a PIP Development Residency, you will also need to be available between 22 and 29 July 2019. Recipients of PIP Pathways Residencies will have more flexibility with dates, but are asked to take their residency between July and September 2019.

To read more about this opportunity, click our FAQ page.

To find out what each of our publishers are looking for this year, click here.

To find out how to prepare your manuscript for submission, click here.

To submit your application, click here.