Varuna’s LitLink fellowships are awarded to five writers from regional NSW and parts of Greater Western Sydney. (For more details regarding what counts as regional NSW and Greater Western Sydney, please see our FAQ document.)
The LitLink program offers a two-week residential fellowship at Varuna, including accommodation, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, all meals, the companionship of your fellow writers and a full manuscript consultation with a Varuna Consultant.
LitLink Fellowship recipients also receive a half-day professional development workshop during their residency.
Applications will next open in March 2020, and the closing date has yet to be confirmed.
The residency fortnight will be held in September 2020 with exact dates to be confirmed.
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 we are looking for
Varuna welcomes manuscripts from writers working in all creative forms, including 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, a distinctive and engaging voice, and social and cultural relevance. Our assessors also consider the potential of your manuscript, based on the experience of the writer and their work plan.
Application fees are $65 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 $30.
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)