Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowships
Each year, five fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.
This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children's books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, essays or short fiction.
The fellowship week also includes a half-day publishing workshop with publisher and agent Mary Cunnane, and either a one-on-one mentoring session with Dr Peter Minter, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, or a writing consultation with a mentor of your choice.
First Nations Fellowships also include a publishing appraisal from Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher, for any work that you complete as a result of this fellowship, available for up to 18 months following the period of your fellowship.
Applications open October 15 2019 and will close midnight on 14 December 2019.
If successful, you will be required to take your fellowship in the week beginning Monday June 8, 2020.
What you need to send us
You will need to send us between 5,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work. You can also submit your work in the form of recorded audio if you prefer. For poetry entries, please submit 10 poems.
What we’re looking for
This fellowship is open to all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children's books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, essays or short fiction.
Fellowships will be awarded based primarily on the quality and merit of your writing. Selectors will also consider the potential role of your work in maintaining Indigenous culture, such as educating the community regarding Indigenous issues, providing an authentic voice in Australian writing, or recording community stories.
There is no application fee for this program, nor for the residency itself.
The fine print (preparing your submission, FAQ and application form)
If you have any questions, please contact us by email or by phone 02 4782 5674.
Varuna acknowledges the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund for supporting this project.