Writers Victoria supports and connects all types of writers at all stages of their writing careers. Find out more about our courses and workshops, magazine, mentorships or manuscript assessments, how we can provide inspiration, information or advice, or how to become part of a vibrant literary community as a member of Writers Victoria.
Writers Victoria welcomes pitches and submissions to our in-house print magazine ‘The Victorian Writer’.
We strongly advise all who submit that they read the most recent issues of ‘The Victorian Writer’ to acquaint themselves with material the magazine has previously published, and check out our upcoming themes.
- Feb–March: Writing for kids/YA – deadline 30 Dec
- April–May: Writing place – deadline 27 Feb
- Jun–Jul: Beginnings – deadline 27 Apr
- Aug–Sep: Community – deadline 27 Jun
We accept non-fiction, articles and extracts up to 2000 words.
Submissions of fiction and memoir are open to Writers Victoria members only.
All submissions should include your name, contact information, as well as the title of your piece.
Member submissions – $75–$125
Commissions – $150–$250
(Rates can vary depending on each issue's budget.)
Open date: 9am (AEDT), Tuesday 1 October 2019.
Close date: 5pm (AEDT), Saturday 16 November 2019.
Applications are now open for the 2019 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship.
Now in its ninth year, the Fellowship commemorates the life, ideas and writing of Hazel Rowley (1951–2011) and awards $15,000 to an emerging or established Australian writer to support research and development of a new biographical work.
The Fellowship is open to Australian writers of biography but can also extend to include a writer working on an aspect of cultural or social history. It may be used to fund research or travel, to develop a new proposal, or to progress a manuscript for submission to potential publishers.
Judges will be looking for applicants who demonstrate excellence in the quality of their work, courage in their choice of project, and a passionate engagement with the world of ideas and the way that people live their lives. The subject of the biography needs to be someone who made a demonstrable contribution to society.
Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on Saturday 16 November 2019.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
- Applicants must write in English.
- Applicants must be Australian citizens (living anywhere) or permanent residents of Australia.
- Joint applications for collaborative projects by more than one writer are not eligible.
- The Fellowship will not cover tuition fees, research assistant salaries, or publishing subsidies.
- Projects must be works of non-fiction biography or memoir (rather than biographical fiction).
- Where relevant, the work must comply with the Australia Council Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing.
- Those shortlisted will be notified in January 2020 and the recipient will be notified in February before the public announcement in March 2020.
- The successful applicant will enter into an agreement to be negotiated with Writers Victoria and the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee. The agreement will cover the project timeline, payment schedule and reporting requirements.
- The Fellowship must be commenced and expended within 12 months of receipt of funds.
- The Fellowship recipient will be required to complete an artistic and financial report (acquittal) halfway through and at the completion of the project.
- The Fellowship will be acknowledged in any publication resulting from the work supported during the Fellowship.
- The Fellowship recipient will be asked to provide two copies of any subsequently published biography or work to the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund Advisory Committee.
- The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
For more information, email Writers Victoria at email@example.com
Applications for Round 5 of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund open Friday 20 September 2019, 9am (AEDT).
Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000.
Named in honour of poet, novelist and short story writer Neilma Gantner (1922-2015), the travel fund recognises the unique value of travel in the development of new writing and literary careers. The travel fund is open to emerging, midcareer and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia.
The judges for Round 5 are writer Eugen Bacon, podcaster Astrid Edwards, and publisher Kirstie Innes-Will (Black Inc.). They will be looking for applications that demonstrate how strategic travel opportunities will benefit applicants' own writing practice, career development and/or the broader Australian literary sector.
Travel activity for Round 5 must take place between 31 December 2019 and 31 December 2020.
For more information on the fund, please visit writersvictoria.org.au
Applications close Monday 21 October 2019, 5pm (AEDT).
Terms & Conditions:
- Applications must be made online. If the online application form isn’t accessible to you, let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents (currently living in Australia).
- Applicants must be aged 18 or over.
- Applicants must be emerging, midcareer or established Australian writers and literary sector workers (not beginners) with a demonstrated publication and/or career history.
- Applicants can only make one submission per round.
- Where relevant, activities must comply with the Australia Council Protocols for Producing Indigenous Australian Writing.
- Joint applications for collaborative travel projects will be accepted. Collaborative projects are subject to the same $10,000 maximum grant request as individual projects.
- Late applications will not be accepted.
- The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be entered into.
- Applicants from former rounds may reapply in this round. However, preference will be given to writers who haven’t previously received a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant.
- Recipients agree to abide by the terms of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund agreement.
- Travel activity must be undertaken within one year following the date of the agreement. For Round 5, this means travel must take place between 31 December 2019 and 31 December 2020.
- Recipients will be fully responsible for coordination and delivery of travel activity (including appropriate insurances, etc).
- Recipients will be required to complete an acquittal within two months of the end of the travel activity.
- Recipients will be required to write a 500-word article about the travel activity for publication by Writers Victoria and/or The Myer Foundation.
- Recipients will be required to acknowledge the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund, The Myer Foundation, and Writers Victoria in any promotion or publication resulting from the work supported during the activity.
- Recipients will be required to reimburse the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund should any of the conditions be breached, or the project not undertaken as outlined (without prior written agreement).
- Writers Victoria staff or Committee of Management members are not eligible to apply.
- Uploaded documents must be in either PDF or Word Doc formats. If providing audio support material, you must upload it in .mp3 format. If providing video support material, you must upload it in .mp4 or .avi format.
- Supporting documentation must be meet the size limits: a maximum of one A4 page for each uploaded file, or a maximum of three minutes for an audio or video file.