New opps for Women Writers of Colour

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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Writers Victoria

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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.

The first round of opportunities will close in August (details below). More commissions, bursaries and information about the free training session will follow in 2018.

Women Writers of Colour Bursaries

Two writers will receive bursaries to attend workshops or events in the Writers Victoria Season 2 program (to the value of $150 per person).

To apply, send a statement (of no more than 300 words) about you, how you intend to use the bursary, and what it would mean for your writing by 10am on Monday 14 August 2017.

To submit your application, please email Claire.

Women Writers of Colour Commissions

Two writers will receive paid commissions for new pieces of work to be published in The Victorian Writer magazine (to the value of $200 per person).

Submissions must align with one of our upcoming themes, which are:

  • October–November: Doing It Yourself (self-pub, e-pub etc)
  • December–January: The Mash-Up (genre cross-over)

To apply, you can submit short stories, poems, creative non-fiction or non-fiction works up to 2,000 words. 150-word pitches will also be considered.

To submit your application, please email Emma by 10am on Monday 21 August 2017. Your submission should include:

  • A 50-word bio.
  • A short statement about the piece.
  • Your piece/pitch.

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