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New National Cultural Policy

Writers Centres welcome $19.3 million for Writers Australia in new National Cultural Policy The National Writers Centre Network (NWCN) has welcomed the Albanese Government’s National Cultural Policy, Revive, launched in Melbourne on Monday 30 January by Arts Minister Tony Burke. The Policy includes the creation of a new body called Writers Australia located within the …

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2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship shortlist announced

Nine Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2023 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, worth $20,000. ‘This year we are very pleased to see proposals from every state and territory, reflecting the diverse range of approaches to writing biography and memoir in Australia today,’ said Della Rowley, sister of biographer Hazel Rowley. ‘The quality and calibre …

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An introduction to the 2023 Season 1 Program

As an introduction to our 2023 program of events, Writers Victoria’s Program and Partnerships Manager, Anna Kate Blair, writes below about our 2023 theme: FLOW. I know many writers, myself included, who love water, love writing about it. It makes sense, to me: words operate like liquid. They can pool in the wrong places, stagnate, …

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The 2022 Deborah Cass Prize Shortlist

The Deborah Cass Prize committee and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce that eleven writers have been shortlisted for the eighth and final Deborah Cass Prize. The prize is focused on development of unpublished writers who have either migrated to Australia or have a parent who migrated here. The winner receives a cash prize of …

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Round 8 Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund Recipients

Since 2017, the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel fund has provided access to professional development for emerging, mid-career and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. On behalf of the Myer Foundation, this Round’s judges, and Writers Victoria, we are thrilled to announce the Round 8 Travel Fund recipients. The judges for this round were poet, …

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2022 Grace Marion Wilson Glenfern Fellows Announced

Since 2007, Writers Victoria has offered writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months, thanks to the support of the Readings Foundation (from 2007 to 2014) and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust (since 2009). The Fellowships give authors the time and space to write, as well as the opportunity …

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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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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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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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