Mascara Varuna Writers’ and Editors’ Residency

In partnership with Varuna, The Writer’s House, the Copyright Agency and the Adès Family Foundation, we are delighted to announce the inaugural Mascara Varuna Writers’ and Editors’ Residency. This is an exciting opportunity for four emerging or established writers who identify as First Nations or CaLD with a manuscript they are wanting to develop. Applications can be for a project in poetry, fiction, non-fiction or in criticism. The winners receive an all expenses paid one week residency at Varuna, and a manuscript reading by a senior editor and mentored emerging editor. Travel costs will be paid if you are interstate (flights and/ or road travel). Varuna is a catered residency in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. The Residency week will be held from 30 January 2023 to 5 February 2023.

This is a chance to immerse in your work in the solitude and natural beauty of Varuna, a place of renewal, fellowship and intense creative practice.

We thank the Gundungurra people for their care of and connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to their elders: past, present and emerging, acknowledge that we live and work on stolen land that is unceded. Always was, always will be.

Date of the Residency: 30 January 2023 to 5 February 2023

Timeline and assessment:

Submissions: 12 September to 5 December 2022 COB
Judging: 5 December to 16 December 2022
Notification week of 19 December 2022
Residency: 30 January to 5 February 2023

Judges: Multi-award winning Bundjalung writer Melissa Lucashenko and poet and critic Lucy Van.

To Apply: Please fill in the form below, submitting a single document containing

  1. Your project description
  2. A manuscript excerpt of up to 3000 words or 6 poems
  3. An author bio

2023 Mascara Varuna Residency for BIPOC Writers and Editors

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