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Catch up on the latest news from Writers Victoria and the literary sector

The Deborah Cass Prize is now open.

Named in memory of Deborah Cass, the prize is now in its third year and going national. This is a prize for early career writers with a migrant background.

In the first two years, the prize was open to Victorian writers only and attracted a high quality field of entrants.

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Memoir, poetry, spoken word and young adult fiction are among the works to earn their authors 2017 Write-ability Fellowships.

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 to be involved in a vibrant community of writers in the historic surroundings of the Glenfern mansion in St Kilda East.

Writers Victoria is thrilled to announce the finalists of the 2017 Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competitions.

In the Fiction category, of which there were over 100 entries, judges Mark Brandi and Michelle Scott Tucker were impressed by the high quality of the submissions, reporting that they saw "a diversity of form, content, and genre."

We are thrilled to announce the winner of our #wordsintheworld Instagram competition.

Congratulations to @sandracarmel_author for her poignant post 'Souls Mended & Keys Cut'. Sandra wins a books pack and a golden ticket to our Writers on Wednesdays series.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.

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Writers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the inaugural Words from the Surf Coast Arts Trail project.

Running alongside the popular Arts Trail on 12-13 August, the new initiative will provide writers with a unique opportunity to actively engage with local artists and use their work as a source of inspiration for creative writing.

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Thanks to a recent donation, Writers Victoria will be running a series of professional development opportunities for women writers of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women over the next year.

The program aims to reduce barriers and increase publication and professional development opportunities for women of colour and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Victoria.

It will include paid commissions, bursaries to attend a range of Writers Victoria courses, and a free training session for established writers on how to run writing workshops.

Applications are now open for the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

The new national professional development opportunity for Australian literary professionals has been made possible by the generous support of The Myer Foundation.

Named in honour of writer Neilma Sidney (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers.

Welcome to our monthly brag about our Writers Victoria community members who have won awards, been shortlisted or longlisted for writing prizes or received industry recognition.