Programs & Events

Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship

The 2019 Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writers Fellowship offers the winner a one week, all expenses paid residency at Varuna, a publishing consultancy worth $800 & and a manuscript appraisal with Giramondo Press.

Applications close: 30 September

This is an innovative and prestigious opportunity for a Western Sydney Writer who is currently working on a poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction manuscript and who is either a subscriber or whose work has been published in Mascara Literary Review


The fellowship week at Varuna will be held in April 2019, with the exact date yet to be confirmed. The week will run from Monday to Monday and includes accommodation and full board.
The fellowship week will be with four other writers who are also on this program. There will be a half-day publishing workshop during that week with Mary Cunnane, who will talk about publishing, negotiating contracts, finding a publisher, the pros and cons of using an agent, what to expect throughout the process, and so on.
The Varuna Mascara Fellow recieves an $800 budget to pay for a consultant for the writer. Varuna and Mascara Literary Review will identify the best match for this consultant/mentor relationship.
Applications are open from 1 August 2018 to 20 September 2018.
The fellowship also includes an optional manuscript appraisal by Giramondo Press.
Varuna and Mascara Literary Review expect to feature the winning writer in an event as part of the Varuna Blue Mountains Annual Writers’ Festival.


Open to applicants who live or who are employed in Western Sydney or who have lived in Western Sydney.
You need to be a current subscriber to Mascara or a past contributor to apply. If you are a past contributor please consider renewing your membership to support Mascara‘s publishing, education and advocacy programs.
Applicants must be available for the residency week in April to be announced.
Applications are online only, via submissions form which will be posted on this page.
To apply you will simply need to send us a brief bio (up to 300 words), a synopsis of your manuscript (not more than 1 page) and a sample of your creative work (up to ten pages)
Staff members, family and friends of Mascara Literary Review are not eligible to apply.
Applications are open from 1 August to 30 September.
The winner will be announced on or before 30 October 2018.
The judges are Michelle Hamadache and Michelle Cahill. Selection is based on literary merit.
Feedback on unsuccesful entries will not be provided.

Varuna Mascara Western Sydney Writer's Fellowship

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