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The Winners of the 2022 Emerging Writers Competition

Writers Victoria is delighted to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Now in its thirteenth year, the prize supports emerging Victorian writers. Winners of the fiction and non-fiction categories will receive a $1000 cash prize, with second prizes of $250 awarded to a runner-up in each category. …

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Q&A: Manisha Anjali on poetic practice and composition

Manisha Anjali is a writer, editor and teaching artist. Manisha is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. She has facilitated workshops and courses on creative writing and the unconscious, and embodies a creative practice rooted in poetry, performance and improvisation of the throat and tongue. Her writings have …

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Eliza Henry-Jones on Witchcraft and YA

Eliza Henry-Jones is an author, PhD candidate and sessional academic in creative writing. She is the author of two novels and two novels for young adults, which have been listed for a number of awards and her fifth novel Salt and Skin will be published in August. Ahead of her workshop Writing Loss and Grief in YA, Writers Victoria …

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Cher Tan on Criticism and Reviews

Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her work has appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, Kill Your Darlings, Runway Journal, Gusher magazine, Overland and Catapult, amongst others. She is an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin. Ahead of Cher’s Online Feedback Clinic starting this month, Writers Victoria Program and Competitions Administrator, Caitlin McGregor, spoke with Cher about her critical practice, the …

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Announcing the 2022 Writeability Fellowship Winners

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2022 Writeability Fellows. Since 2013, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust, we have recognised outstanding writers with disability annually as part of the Writeability Fellowship Program.  This year five writers with disability will receive tailored support for their writing project in the form of mentoring, manuscript …

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2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition Now Open

Writers Victoria, with the generous support of the Grace Marion Wilson Fund, are delighted to open applications for the 2022 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Following a brief hiatus in 2021, we are excited to be able to run this valued competition once again and to highlight the work of outstanding emerging Victorian Writers. …

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Announcing the Recipients of The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, Round 7

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 7 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. The judges for this round were author Ronnie Gorrie, writer and editor Radhiah Chowdhury, and publisher and previous Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund recipient Arwen Summers. The judges were impressed with the …

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An introduction to the 2022 Season 2 Program from our program manager, Anna Kate Blair

I started daydreaming about the Season 2 program before I started working at Writers Victoria, before I knew that our theme for this year was Glimmer. It feels appropriate, though, because my experience of the past few months, putting this program together, has been one of bright sequins twinkling on the horizon. I feel extremely …

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Q&A with Katelin Farnsworth

Katelin Farnsworth is a writer whose work has been published in various newspapers and magazines and won her an award mentorship with the Australian Society of Authors. In 2020, her novel Found Again was shortlisted for the Penguin Literary Prize, and she was shortlisted again in this year’s prize for her novel Helen Hope. Bianca …

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Maryanne Plazzer on Country Living, Felt Sense, and Showing Up for Community

Maryanne Plazzer is an audio producer, writer and creative collaborator. The co-founder of SquareSound, she works with authors and actors to bring stories to life. Maryanne’s work is forthcoming in Black Inc.’s exciting new anthology, Growing Up In Country Australia.
Writers Victoria Writeability Program Manager, Jess Obersby, spoke with Maryanne about her creative practice, how community informs her writing and audio work, and what we can expect from her in future.

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