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SRB Emerging Critics Fellowship

Date: Tue May 3 2022 9:00 am to Mon June 13 2022 5:00 pm

SRB Emerging Critics Fellowship

The Sydney Review of Books invites applications for the 2022 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellowships.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday 13 June 2022.

Apply via Submittable.


At the Sydney Review of Books we are always on the lookout for new writers and new ways to think about our shared literary culture. That’s why, with the support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, we established a fellowship program in 2016 to foster diverse, provocative and original critical voices and to set pathways for emerging critics to develop their practice. With the ongoing support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, we’ve expanded this program and now offer five fellowships to the brightest emerging Australian literary critics.

At least one fellowship will be awarded to a First Nations writer and another to a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) writer. Fellowships will also reflect regional diversity and be allocated to critics from a minimum of three states and territories.


What we are offering

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $3000 to write three 2000-word essays on new Australian books over an eight-month period for publication in the Sydney Review of Books. Fellows will work closely with Sydney Review of Books editorial staff and receive mentoring and editorial support as they write their essays.


Who can apply?

Applications are open to Australian residents and Australians abroad. First Nations critics and CALD critics are strongly encouraged to apply. The five fellowships will be awarded to applicants from at least three different states or territories.


Am I an emerging critic?

There are no age or experience limits to applying for the Emerging Critics Fellowship. That said, we are looking for applicants who are seeking to develop their portfolio and their critical practice. In your cover letter, you may wish to detail the ways in which you envisage this fellowship will serve your professional development.

Applicants who are on an academic career path should explain their particular interest in writing for a general rather than an academic audience in their cover letter.


For more information on applying, judging, application tips, and further questions, visit the Sydney Review of Books website.

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