The Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

Ten writers have been shortlisted for the 2022 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, now worth $20,000.

‘We had an extremely strong field of applications this year, with a wide range of biographical subjects. This made the shortlisting hard,’ said Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister.  ‘We received a large number of high-quality proposals. Perhaps as a result of COVID-19 lockdowns, writers were busy thinking about good topics for biographies.

A stylised graphic in shades of green that features the text '2022 Season 1 Program'

To start the flow of creative juices for this introductory piece to the Writers Victoria 2022 Program, I went back to the end of 2020 to see what words of wisdom I’d had for the beginning of 2021. Conclusively proving I haven’t a prescient bone in my body, I wrote of eased restrictions and falling numbers, re-entering and re-engaging with the world. It was a hopeful and optimistic piece that spoke of the many ways that the past can mark us and how we carry those marks on our bodies into the future. It also strongly delineated between the then and the now.

The 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 to assist in further development of his work.

Virtual Writer 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.

The Deborah Cass Prize for Writing

The Deborah Cass Prize and Writers Victoria are pleased to announce that nine writers have been shortlisted for the seventh annual Deborah Cass Prize. The prize is focussed on development and provides $3,000 and a mentorship to an unpublished writer, who has either migrated to Australia or has a parent who migrated here.

The 2021 Grace Marion Wilson Writeability Fellowships

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 important work with the Writeability Fellowships.

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.

Writers Victoria's Subscriberthon

At Writers Victoria, October means Subscriberthon!

It's that time of year again – Subscriberthon is on all of October, and you can win one of our excellent bookish prizes by simply becoming a member or renewing your membership!

Andrea Rowe

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 Mornington Peninsula Writeability program launched in June 2021 in partnership with Writers Victoria, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers’ Club.