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Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers

Date: Tue June 15 2021 9:00 am to Thu July 29 2021 11:59 pm

Varuna the National Writers’ House invites writers from across Australia to apply for our annual round of Varuna’s Residential Fellowships.

These highly sought-after fellowships are open to writers working across a wide range of literary forms and genres including fiction, screenplay/drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction.

Varuna will offer 25 Varuna Residential Fellowships, including our prestigious Flagship Fellowships, and the new Jerra Studio Fellowships for writers with disability. These fellowships will be available to be taken in 2022.

A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers the gift of uninterrupted time to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere. Fellowship recipients enjoy two to three weeks at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and a one-hour Varuna Conversation with a Varuna consultant.

Varuna encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.


Two weeks away from work, house, family, friends, and all other concerns was vital in getting the first draft of my novel finished. It was extremely productive and I think the writing was better and more efficient for the concentrated focus. Thank you so much to all the staff and the Dark family. 

Pip Williams, 2019

The fellowship gave me time to think and create, a comfortable environment, valuable companionship in the evenings and access to an outstandingly beautiful environment. I was able to spend hours, not only writing, but reflecting and developing ideas. The whole experience feels like an endorsement – that what I’m doing is valuable and respected, and that I deserve to spend time on my craft. THANK you.

Lucinda Gifford, 2019

I was able to complete a staggering 20,000 words in just five days – Varuna has yet again given me a nurturing and positive environment to feel inspired, to be productive, and to meet incredible new peers and friends.

Zoya Patel, 2019


Applications close 29 July 2021.

For full information about the Fellowships, please visit the Varuna website:


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