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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.

Member Milestones: April 5, 2022

Writers Victoria sends our congratulations to those who are celebrating recent writing and publishing successes. Catch up on all of our our latest member milestones below! Andrea Rowe Eugen Bacon Justine Sless Katelin Farnsworth Koraly Dimitriadis Leslie Falkiner-Rose Wendy J Dunn Zachary Pryor * * * Andrea Rowe‘s debut picture book Jetty Jumping has been announced as a Book …

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Member Milestones: March 2022

Writers Victoria sends our congratulations to those who are celebrating recent writing and publishing successes. Catch up on all of our our latest member milestones below! Amy TanAnitra NelsonCaz GoodwinDominique HecqEdita MujkicEugen BaconHarry BlutsteinJackey CoyleJennifer DownJenny Canty John A. MartinoKaye BailliePaige ClarkPeter HubbardRob AlexanderRowena HutsonSean O’LearySuzy ZailWendy Dunn * * * Amy Tan’s debut collection ‘Lake Malibu and …

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Round Seven of The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund Opens for Applications

Writers Victoria, with the generous support of the Myer Fund, are happy to open applications for the seventh round of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. The travel fund is open to emerging, midcareer and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 to $10,000.

Naomi Parry Duncan wins the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

On Wednesday 2 March, at the Wheeler Centre Melbourne, Naomi Parry Duncan was announced as the winner of the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, for her proposal telling the story of Gai-mariagal man Musquito, who was hanged in Tasmania in 1825. Musquito, originally from Port Jackson, was a resistance fighter who was exiled to Norfolk …

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Member Milestones: 15 February 2022

Writers Victoria sends our congratulations to those who are celebrating recent writing and publishing successes. Catch up on all of our our latest member milestones below!     Anna Sublet has won third place in the inaugural Strange Days 2021 Writing Award, judged by Helen Garner, for her piece ‘Life Buoy‘. In her judging notes, Garner wrote: “I …

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