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Bryant Apolonio wins the 2021 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

At an online awards ceremony held last night, 17 November, the 2021 Deborah Cass Prize for Writing was awarded to Bryant Apolonio for his story ‘Independencia’. Apolonio, a Filipino-Australian writer and lawyer living on Larrakia Land (also known as Darwin), was chosen as the winner of the Prize from a shortlist of nine writers. Bryant receives $3,000 and a mentorship …

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Introducing the City of Literature Virtual Writers in Residence

This November we are welcoming ten writers from across the UNESCO City of Literature network to Melbourne! From poets to playwrights, this program, run by the Melbourne City of Literature office, will introduce Melbourne’s vibrant and varied literary community to writers across the world. Residents will be working with Melbourne literary organisations, ranging from the largest of our literary …

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The 2021 Grace Marion Wilson Writeability Fellowships Announced

Writers Victoria is excited to announce our 2021 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. In 2021 we are grateful to the Grace Marion Wilson Trust and an anonymous donor for their contributions, allowing us to continue our …

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State of the (Writing) Nation: Alice Pung

The State of the (Writing) Nation is Writers Victoria’s annual address from a prominent Australian writer. It’s a chance to reflect on what’s happening and where we’re heading in Australian literature and publishing. Award-winning novelist, memoirist and editor Alice Pung will give the 2021 address. William Hazlitt wrote that ‘the smallest pain in our little …

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Writeability springboards Own Voices on the Mornington Peninsula

None of us have met before, or know each other’s writing styles. But each saw something in the Writeability call out that enticed us to sign up. And now we’re finding something in our own voices, and exploring how we can each use the energy of our experiences with disability to inform our writing. The …

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Announcing the Recipients of The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund Round 6

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. This round’s judges were author and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi, writer Jeanine Leane, and editor Renée Otmar. The judges were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was …

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2021 Season 2 Program Launched

Writers Victoria is very excited to finally be sharing our 2021 Season 2 Program with our community! We’re so proud of the program we’ve put together, spanning July – December of this year. We have a large offering of events, online feedback clinics, and are again offering an extensive mix of online and in-person workshops. If you’re …

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Writeability at Mornington Peninsula: New Writing Program Starting in May

Writers Victoria, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club, is delighted to announce the resumption of Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula following a 12 month delay due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This exciting new writing program for writers with disability is funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire. Writeability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula is …

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LIMINAL & Pantera Press announce nonfiction prize worth $12,000 and new anthology

Writers Victoria is proud to partner with LIMINAL and Pantera Press for the LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction Prize. Read on for a full media release from Pantera Press, or read over on the Pantera Press website:   Following the success of the 2019 LIMINAL Fiction Prize and the 2020 anthology Collisions, we are thrilled to announce …

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