Alumni Association


The Varuna Alumni Association is a vibrant and creative community of Australian writers and illustrators.

If you are a recipient of a Varuna Fellowship or other awarded residency, you are invited to be part of the Varuna Alumni. Joining the Alumni means you will:

  • Belong to an exclusive group of Australian writers who have, over the years, all been selected via Varuna's highly competitive fellowship process.

  • Contribute to Varuna and the future of Australian writing. Your membership contribution enables us to maintain the Varuna house and gardens and run our fellowship programs.

  • Save on Varuna program application fees. Each calendar year, you're able to waive the application fee (up to $65) for one Varuna program.

  • Receive discounts of $315 per week on Varuna residencies, as well as preferential booking status.

  • Connect with our national network of writers and illustrators. As an Alumni, you can post your profile onto the Varuna website, and we will post updates on your work and achievements through our newsletters and social media network.

  • Receive our monthly newsletter. Our newsletter keeps you up to date with literary events, fellowship programs, competitions and latest publications from fellow Alumni.

  • Be eligible to apply for an international residential fellowship. Each year, one Alumni member will be selected through an Expression of Interest application process to receive a writing residency at either the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland or Cove Park, Scotland. Only Alumni members are eligible to apply for this opportunity, with the successful recipient receiving return flights and up to four weeks' accommodation, meals and writing time in Ireland or Scotland.


Annual Alumni membership is $110 (GST free). Additional donations are always welcome and are tax deductible.

Who is eligible?

Writers and illustrators who have been recipients of a Varuna Residential Fellowship, Publisher Introduction Program or another Varuna Award Program are invited to join the Varuna Alumni. The Board may also invite individuals who have made a significant contribution to Varuna to join the Alumni. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact Varuna.

To apply for Alumni membership, please submit this form.

Or to renew your membership (July 2019-June 2020 cycle), click here.