Varuna's unique Publisher Introduction Program (PIP) is one of Australia's most dynamic literary partnerships, opening important doors for exceptional new writers in a creative, collaborative process that aims to deliver finely honed manuscripts to leading publishers.
Each year, the program gives up to 12 selected writers of novels, short stories and literary non-fiction the chance to nurture their manuscripts to publication stage with:
- Private writing time in an environment of guidance, community and conversation – awardees will receive a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers' House in the world-heritage Blue Mountains, between June and August 2018.
- A literary mentor – writers will be matched with a mentor who understands manuscript development and knows the publishing process. Writers will receive a one-hour consultation on their manuscript during the residency, and another consultation upon completion of the manuscript.
- A date with a publisher – when the manuscript is completed, it will be read by one of seven leading Australian publishers — Black Inc., Pan Macmillan, Random House, Scribe Publications, Text Publishing, UQP or UWA Publishing. Our writing mentors will support the writers in the process of presenting final manuscripts to the publisher for their consideration.
Who should apply
They encourage writers working on the development of a new work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or writing for young adults to apply for Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program. Drafts submitted may be for full-length works or collections of short stories.
For the strongest application, your manuscript should be complete. Any partial submission of a manuscripts should be at least 75% complete, with a clear indication of where further development is intended to occur.
Publisher Introduction Fellowships are only available to writers aged 18 years and over and who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.
Applications are accepted from 15 September 2017 and must be received (electronically) by midnight (AEST) on 30 October 2017.
Shortlisted applicants will be announced on the Varuna website (Varuna News) on 5 February 2018.
Final selections will be available on the Varuna website by 15 April 2018.
Costs To Applicant
$120 (GST free) per application. Fees cover administrative costs and help sustain this program.
Please note that all successful applicants are asked to make a contribution of $375 towards their seven-night residency. Publisher Introduction Fellowship residencies include all board and accommodation and a consultation with one of Varuna's writing consultants.
Varuna now has The Varuna Travel Assistance Fund which you can apply for, if eligible, and State and Territory arts departments are often willing to provide a contribution for travel expenses to support genuine professional development opportunities.
For more information, please visit the website here.