The Arts NT Varuna Residential Fellowships

This program is presented in partnership with the Northern Territory Government through Arts NT.

Four fellowships are available, with two fellowships available for creatives from the Top End and two from the Central Desert regions.

All fellowships include a two-week residency at Varuna, with full board and accommodation including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, and the companionship of your fellow writers. The program also provides $1,350 towards travel expenses, manuscript consultations, or accommodation in Sydney on the way through to the Blue Mountains, enabling each writer to design a fellowship program to suit their individual needs. 

Key dates

The opening date for applications is 1 April and the closing date is 14 May 2019. Results will be posted on Varuna News on the website 11 June 2019.

The residencies will need to be taken between July and December 2019, subject to availability in the house.

What you need to send us

You will need to send us 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 us a selection of 10 poems.

What Varuna and Arts NT are looking for

We are looking for emerging or established writers who are developing new work in creative writing or illustration. This could include literary fiction, genre fiction, non-fiction, illustration and graphic novels, young adult fiction, junior fiction, poetry, or writing for screen, theatre or radio. 

Assessors will be looking at the level of achievement (works completed, published or produced, awards won), clarity of work focus and creative objectives (how you will use your time), professional benefits to the recipient (how this Fellowship and your current project will benefit your professional development), and the merit of your writing or creative work. 


There is no application fee for this program, nor are there any program costs.

The fine print (preparing your submission, FAQ and application form)

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Clive Jones