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2017 Hazel Rowley Fellowship

Date: Wed November 16 2016 5:00 pm to Thu November 17 2016 4:59 pm

With: Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship committee

Applications are now open for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.

Now in its sixth year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.

The Fellowship encourages writers to immerse themselves in their subjects’ lives and culture.

Hazel’s own career received a boost when receiving a fellowship enabled her to travel to the USA while researching ‘Richard Wright: The Life and Times.’

The fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. It may be used to fund research or travel, to develop a new proposal, or to progress a manuscript for submission to potential publishers.

Judges will be looking for applicants who demonstrate excellence in the quality of their work, courage in their choice of project, and a passionate engagement with the world of ideas and the ways that people live their lives. The subject of the biography needs to be someone who made a demonstrable contribution to society.

Applicants will need to complete an online submission by 16 November 2016.

Terms and conditions

  1. Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) and write in English.
  3. Joint applications for collaborative projects by more than one writer are not eligible.
  4. The Fellowship will not cover tuition fees, research assistant salary or publishing subsidy.
  5. Where relevant, the work must comply with the Australia Council Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing.
  6. Those shortlisted will be notified in January 2017 and the recipient will be notified in February before the public announcement in March 2017.
  7. The successful applicant will enter into an agreement to be negotiated with Writers Victoria and the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee. The agreement will cover the project timeline, payment schedule and reporting requirements.
  8. The Fellowship must be commenced and expended within 12 months of receipt of funds.
  9. The Fellowship recipient will be required to complete an artistic and financial report (acquittal) half way through and at the completion of the project.
  10. The Fellowship will be acknowledged in any publication resulting from the work supported during the Fellowship.
  11. The Fellowship recipient will be asked to provide two copies of any subsequently published biography or work to the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee.
  12. The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Previous Fellows

The 2016 Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Lamb (TAS) for his proposed cultural biography of the Australian writer Frank Moorhouse.

In 2015, the Fellowship was awarded to Caroline Baum (NSW), who will use the $10,000 to write a biography of Lucie Dreyfus (1870-1945).

The 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Maxine Beneba Clarke (Vic). Maxine’s autobiography ‘The Hate Race’ – a memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia – was published by Hachette in August 2016.

Stephany Steggall (Qld) used the 2013 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship to write a biography of Thomas Keneally. Stephany’s book ‘Interestingly Enough…’ was published by Black Inc in September 2015.

The 2012 winner, Mary Hoban (Vic), worked on a biography of Julia Arnold (nee Sorell, 1826-1888).

About Hazel Rowley

Before her untimely death in 2011, Hazel wrote four critically acclaimed biographies: ‘Christina Stead: A Biography (1993), ‘Richard Wright: The Life and Times’ (2001), ‘Tête-à-Tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (2005) and ‘Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage’ (2010). Erudite and accessible, these studies brought fresh attention to the lives and works of significant figures both nationally and internationally.

“My books are about people who had the courage to break out of their confined world and help others to do the same,” she said.

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