Emerging Writers’ Fellowship

Announcing the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, presented by the Emerging Writers’ Festival and State Library Victoria.

As an emerging writer, three of the most valuable things to aid in the development and creation of work are space, time and money.

In 2018, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is thrilled to partner with State Library Victoria to present the inaugural Emerging Writers’ Fellowship.

This fellowship will see an emerging writer spend a month working on a project in a dedicated space in the State Library, immersing themselves in the library’s collection as well as learning, developing and networking at the Emerging Writers’ Festival.

The fellow will receive a $2000 grant, flights to and from their home town, a golden ticket to EWF and home-stay accommodation for the duration of their time in Melbourne. They will attend the Emerging Writers’ Festival from 19-29 June, then spend the month of July working from the State Library.

Please read the submission guidelines before applying. People from regional Victoria and interstate are strongly encouraged to apply.

Thank You

The Emerging Writers’ Fellowship is proudly presented by EWF and State Library Victoria. The fellowship has been made possible with the financial support of Justine Hyde, Craig Semple, Cara Sputore, Kirsten Freeman, Michael Ullmer and Maree Daffy. The home-stay accommodation has been generously donated by Virginia Lovett and Rose Hiscock.

Applications have now closed. We will be in touch shortly!



– $2000 grant
– Flights to/from Melbourne
– Desk to work at State Library Victoria and access to their collections
– Home-stay accommodation in inner-Melbourne from 19 June – 31 July
– Golden ticket to EWF


Applications open: Thursday 19 April

Applications close: Monday 14 May, 5pm AEST

Fellow announced: Thursday 24 May

Attend EWF: 19-29 June

Desk at State Library Victoria: 2-31 July


Any Australian resident aged 18 or over is eligible for the fellowship, however those residing outside of Melbourne are strongly encouraged to apply. The fellowship is designed for emerging writers, so tell us in the application why this opportunity would benefit your career development!

Submission Guidelines