Emerging Writers’ Fellowship

Announcing the 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 2019, the Emerging Writers’ Festival is thrilled to partner with State Library Victoria to present Emerging Writers’ Fellowship for the second year.

This fellowship will see an emerging writer spend up to three months working 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 $5000 grant to contribute toward travel costs and living expenses, a golden ticket to EWF and home-stay accommodation for some of their time in Melbourne. They will attend the Emerging Writers’ Festival from 19–29 June, then spend up to three months following the festival 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 generous support of the Hart Line Fund. The home-stay accommodation has been generously donated by Virginia Lovett and Rose Hiscock.

Applications have now closed. The Fellow will be announced on Monday 27 May. 



– $5000 grant for flights, living expenses and other costs during the fellowship
– Desk to work at State Library Victoria and access to their collections
– Home-stay accommodation in inner-Melbourne from July
– Golden ticket to EWF (19–29 June)


Applications open: Wednesday 20 February

Applications close: Sunday 28 April, 11.59pm AEST

Fellow announced: Monday 27 May

Attend EWF: 19–29 June

Desk at State Library Victoria: July–September 2019


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