Varuna's unique Publisher Introduction Program (PIP) is one of Australia's most dynamic literary partnerships, opening important doors for exceptional new writers in a creative, collaborative process that aims to deliver finely honed manuscripts to leading publishers.
Each year, the program gives up to 12 selected writers of novels, short stories and literary non-fiction the chance to nurture their manuscripts to publication stage with:
• Private writing time in an environment of guidance, community and conversation – awardees will receive a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers' House in the world-heritage Blue Mountains, between June and August 2018.
• A literary mentor – writers will be matched with a mentor who understands manuscript development and knows the publishing process. Writers will receive a one-hour consultation on their manuscript during the residency, and another consultation upon completion of the manuscript.
• A date with a publisher – when the manuscript is completed, it will be read by one of seven leading Australian publishers — Black Inc., Pan Macmillan, Random House, Scribe Publications, Text Publishing, UQP or UWA Publishing. Our writing mentors will support the writers in the process of presenting final manuscripts to the publisher for their consideration.