Writers Victoria is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the twelfth Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. Short story or creative non-fiction submissions of between 2,000 and 3,000 words are being accepted from emerging Victorian writers who have no more than three stories or articles published in a recognised book, magazine, or journal.

While COVID-19 brought our timeline forward, Writers Victoria has been exploring how best to incorporate online learning into our professional development and creative practice programming to continue to support all our members, including those who are unable to attend our in-person workshops or who prefer to learn remotely at their own pace. With self-isolation providing a perfect testing ground, we should all expect to see online workshops more fully incorporated into our programming going forward.

Bangarra Dance Theatre's 'Knowledge Ground'

'If our government wants cultural life to return, it must act now'

Along with almost 100 arts groups and organisations, Writers Victoria has signed its name to an open letter from Australia's arts industry, issuing a clarion call to minister Paul Fletcher.

The letter and its signatories are presented here in full, and can also be viewed on The Guardian.



We are thrilled to have our 2020 Season Two program out in the world, with bookings open now – make sure to book in early so you don't miss out!

As a response to the global coronavirus pandemic we have shifted our program online, allowing attendance from wherever you may be, nationwide. We're here to support you while learning online, and if you have any queries about how our courses will work online, you can visit out FAQ page here.



30 days. 30 prompts. 30 Words.


Writers Victoria decided to run Flash Fiction again in 2020, after it was so successful when run in celebration of our 30th year in 2019.

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Regional writing groups, literary organisations and arts organisations in Victoria are able to apply for grants of $880 to subsidise literary activities in their area, thanks to the support of the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

Applicants must be current regional members of Writers Victoria (in the non-profit organisation or regional writers’ group membership category), and based in one of the 48 Local Government Authorities in Regional Victoria as listed on the Creative Victoria website

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With the recent travel restrictions and health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, Writers Victoria in consultation with the Myer Foundation have made the decision to postpone the current round of applications to the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

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As the Australian arts sector endures devastation wrought by COVID-19 and national organisations await today’s news of Four-Year Funding outcomes from the Australia Council for the Arts, representatives from state and national literary associations are calling for additional federal funding to the Australia Council, and a swift expansion of the Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR/PLR) to digital formats.

Lance Richardson, the 2020 Hazel Rowley Fellow

"Under the current public health circumstances, and with great sadness, we have cancelled the Hazel Rowley memorial lecture, scheduled for Friday 20 March at the Wheeler Centre, Melbourne,” announced Della Rowley, Hazel’s sister, today.

“At the annual lecture, we announce the Fellowship winner for the year, and it gives me great pleasure to announce Lance Richardson as the winner of the $15,000 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for 2020. Lance has won for his proposed biography of writer, naturalist and Zen Buddhist, Peter Matthiessen.”

UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the unfolding Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Write-ability Goes Local: Mornington Peninsula has been postponed until further notice. Once we are able to get this program organised at a future date, we will provide updates.


Writers Victoria, in collaboration with Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Writers Club, is delighted to announce an exciting new writing program for writers with disability funded by Mornington Peninsula Shire.