Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers


Varuna the National Writers’ House invites writers from across Australia to apply for our annual round of Varuna’s Residential Fellowships. These highly sought-after fellowships are open to writers working across a wide range of literary forms and genres including fiction, screenplay/drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction. Varuna will offer 25 Varuna Residential Fellowships, including our prestigious Flagship Fellowships, and the new Jerra Studio Fellowships for writers with disability. These fellowships will be available to be taken in 2022.

(02) 4782 5674
141 Cascade St, KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Contact Name
Veechi Stuart
Varuna the National Writers’ House
Submission Information
Send between 7,000 and 10,000 words from the beginning of your manuscript, along with a synopsis of the entire work. For poetry, you send a selection of 10 poems. See application form for more information:
Tips & General Information
Varuna welcomes manuscripts from writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, screenplay/drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction. Artistic merit is the most important criterion for our assessors, who are looking for strongly written characters, sound structure, compelling themes, a distinctive and engaging voice, and social and cultural relevance. Our assessors also consider the potential of your manuscript, based on the experience of the writer and their work plan.
Applications close 29 July 2021. Varuna Residential Fellowships can be taken between January and the end of June 2022.
Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $35. If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 per week towards your residency (note that this fee is waived for The Jerra Studio and Henry Handel Richardson fellowships).
Biography, Autobiography & Memoir, Children’s, Picture Books, & Junior Fiction, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, Indigenous/First Nations, Literary / Contemporary Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Young Adult