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The Neilma Sidney Travel Fund, Round 6

Writers Victoria, with the support of The Myer Foundation, is delighted to announce the recipients of Round 6 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund.

This round’s judges were author and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi, writer Jeanine Leane, and editor Renée Otmar. The judges were impressed with the overall quality of the applications in what was a competitive round, awarding a total of $58,687 to the 12 recipients.

Congratulations to:

Sam Elkin is a writer living in Footscray (Naarm). His essays have been published in ‘Griffith Review’ and ‘Overland’.

Ellen van Neerven is the author of ‘Throat’, published by UQP in 2020. This poem was originally published in that collection.

Louise Baxter is an editor who writes poetry, plays, fiction and film. Her book, 'Grief has teeth', is out in July. She is an endometriosis advocate.

Lesh Karan is a Melbourne-based poet and writer. Recent publications include ‘Cordite', 'Australian Poetry Anthology' and 'Not Very Quiet’.

Andy Jackson's latest collection of poems, 'Music Our Bodies Can't Hold', was shortlisted for the 2020 John Bray Poetry Award.

Inga Liljestrom is an Australian singer-songwriter currently living in the UK. She has released albums internationally, written music for nature documentaries, teaches sound healing and is currently working on a PhD about the creative Muse.

Jenny Valentish's 'Everything Harder Than Everyone Else' was published in June 2021 by Black Inc. Read an extract from the book below.

Jess Zanoni is a writer, musician and editor. Find her music as a member of pop trio Arbes, and her writing in 'Cordite' and 'Voiceworks'.

Scarlett Harris is a Melbourne culture critic. She is the author of the book ‘A Diva Was a Female Version of a Wrestler: An Abbreviated Herstory of World Wrestling Entertainment.’ 

(No mental health professionals who I reached out to returned requests for comment for this article.)