Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship supports Australian writers of biography, and extends to include a writer who is working on an aspect of cultural or social history. The Fellowship awards $15,000 to assist with travel and research.

Applications for the 2018 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship are now open.

Past fellows

In 2017, the Fellowship was awarded to Anne-Marie Priest (QLD) biography of Australian poet Gwen Harwood (1920-1995). For the first time, the Fellowship also made a highly-commended award of $3,000 to Suzanne Spunner (Vic) for her biography of East Kimberley artist Rover Thomas.

The 2016 Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Lamb (TAS) for his proposed cultural biography of the Australian writer Frank Moorhouse.

The 2015 Fellowship winner was announced at Adelaide Writers Week. Caroline Baum will use the $10,000 Fellowship to write a biography of Lucie Dreyfus (1870-1945).

The 2014 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Maxine Beneba Clarke (Vic). Maxine's autobiography ‘The Hate Race’ – a memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia – was published by Hachette in August 2016.

The 2013 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship was awarded to Stephany Steggall whose biography of Thomas Keneally, ‘Interestingly Enough’ was published by Nero in 2015..

The 2012 winner, Mary Hoban, worked on a biography of Julia Arnold (nee Sorell, 1826-1888).

The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship is supported by the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund; a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation.