Fellowships and Competitions

Writers Victoria offers and supports a number of fellowships and competitions for writers across a range of disciplines.


Glenfern Fellowships

Since 2007, the Glenfern Fellowships have awarded emerging and mid-career writers with three-month residencies at the Glenfern Writers' Studios in East St Kilda.

Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was established to encourage Australian authors to attain a high standard of biography writing and to commemorate the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011).

Write-ability Fellowships

Since 2013, five writers with disability have received free mentoring with authors, assessors and industry experts each year.

Past Fellowships

Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship

In 2013 and 2014, the Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship sent an Australian writer to Templeberg Villa in Galle in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for two- to four-weeks to work on a writing project.

Playwrights' Fellowships

In 2012, six Melbourne playwrights received free mentoring with Raimondo Cortese.

CALD Mentorships

In 2012, the CALD Mentorships supported and promote the work of writers from diverse backgrounds.


The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

In partnership with the Myer Foundation, Writers Victoria offer the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, which provides inspiration and practical support to emerging, midcareer and established writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals.

Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition

Since 2008, the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition has aimed to support and profile emerging Victorian writers.

Deborah Cass Prize

Early career writers of migrant background are invited to apply to the Deborah Cass prize.