Publisher Introduction Fellowships

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, with five Development Residencies and five Pathway Residencies.

Each fellowship includes a seven-day residency at Varuna, including independent writing time in your own private writing studio, accommodation and meals. Development Residencies also include an extended manuscript consultation and a half-day publishing workshop. Pathways Residencies include a one-hour session 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.

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

Key dates

Applications open 7 October 2019 and close 4 November 2019. 

In 2020, the PIP Fellowship week will be held from Monday 20 to Monday 27 July.

What you need to send us

You will need to send us a complete draft of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work.

What publishers are looking for this year

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


Application fees are $120 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $60.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300. 

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

Clive Jones