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University of Queensland Creative Writing Fellowship

Date: Fri September 18 2020 12:00 am to Fri October 16 2020 11:59 pm

This Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging Australian author to develop a new work of creative writing. You will draw on the special collections of The University of Queensland’s Fryer Library utilising rich primary sources as inspiration for your novel, play, collection of short stories, book of poems, narrative non-fiction, creative non-fiction, biographical work, novella or associated creative work.

We encourage aspiring Australian authors (not commercially published in print) to apply.

Applications close 16 October 2020. 

This Fellowship is offered with the support of the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, an Australian not-for-profit organisation with an interest in supporting creativity, and library donors.


  • $25,000 to be awarded to one recipient.
  • Feedback and guidance on your project from your chosen mentor, an established Australian writer
  • A feedback session with the editorial team of The University of Queensland Press. They will consider the final manuscript for possible publication.
  • To be immersed in a higher education setting and receive support from Library staff, the School of Communication and Arts, and University of Queensland Press.


The University of Queensland Library reserves the right to not award the fellowship if they receive no suitable applications.

As a winner of the fellowship you:

  • will be based at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland for a negotiated period, with a maximum of twelve months.
  • will be available to take up the appointment during the Fellowship year.
  • will receive 75% of the funds allocated once the offer of the Fellowship has been accepted in writing. The final 25% will be received once the project has been submitted.
  • will produce blog posts to be submitted through the Library blog detailing the project and outcomes. 
  • will be asked to deliver a talk for students, staff and researchers on your project as part of the UQ School of Communication and Arts Seminar Series and/or Friends of the Library events program.
  • will submit a report (no more than 600 words) outlining the benefits of the Fellowship and providing feedback on the experience to the Fryer Librarian within three months of the completion of your project.
  • will provide the Fryer Librarian with a [digital] copy of your completed project within a mutually agreed timeframe following the completion of your visit. This will be stored in the University’s online repository, UQ eSpace (with restricted access subject to publishing). 


Email Mr Simon Farley, Fryer Librarian, s.farley@uq.edu.au about this award.  


For more information and applications, visit: https://web.library.uq.edu.au/about-us/awards-and-fellowships/creative-writing-fellowship

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