Varuna-New England Writers' Centre Fellowship

The Varuna-New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship offers:

One week of full board and accommodation at Varuna including:

  • a prepared evening meal,

  • uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, 

  • the companionship of your fellow writers 

  • and a one-hour Varuna conversation with a Varuna consultant.

This fellowship also includes $350 towards travel and payment of the Varuna alumni fee of $99.

 What New England Writers’ Centre are looking for: 

New England Writers’ Centre welcome manuscripts at any stage of development from writers living in the Federal Electorate of New England (see who are at any point in their career, and working in any form of literary creation. 

This includes fiction, drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction. 

Artistic merit is the most important criterion for our assessors, who are looking for strongly written characters, sound structure, compelling themes and a distinctive and engaging voice. 

Our assessors also consider the potential of the manuscript, based on the experience of the writer and their work plan. 

 Key dates

Applications for the 2020 Varuna-New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship will open at 1 am on August 5, 2019 and close at midnight on September 30, 2019. 

A panel of New England Writers’ Centre assessors will establish a shortlist of three entries, and Varuna will make the final choice between the three shortlisted entries.

The winner will be announced on December 2, 2019.  

The Varuna-New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship can be taken from Monday to Monday between April 1 and July 31 2020, exact date to be negotiated between the recipient and Varuna. 

To apply

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Clive Jones