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The 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship

Date: Sun January 10 2021 12:00 am to Sun January 10 2021 11:59 pm

With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present the 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.

Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 – 2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of defiance, feminism and empathy, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person of an underrepresented gender. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian writers and editors.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a person of an underrepresented gender or sex. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, intersex people, gender diverse and those who are otherwise marginalised.
  • Be aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship on 22 March 2021
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.

The committee is evolving and so is the language we use for the fellowship. In regards to gender eligibility for this fellowship, if you feel this should include you but doesn’t, please get in touch (details below).

What Can I Apply For?
The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 in 2021. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees. A proposed budget must be submitted as part of the application process, and the final budget will be developed in consultation with Express Media.


For the selection criteria, reporting requirements, and information on how to apply, visit Express Media’s Submittable page here.

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