EWF At Home Residencies

Announcing the EWF At Home Residencies.

Time is our mink, our Lexus, our mansion. In a room full of writers of various kinds, time is probably the only thing that can provoke widespread envy more than acclaim. 
“Imposter” by Alexander Chee

In 2020, EWF is proud to announce the launch of the EWF At Home Residencies, a program that supports emerging writers by offering time and financial assistance to work on their craft.

The EWF At Home Residencies will see four emerging writers spending a fortnight working on their writing craft remotely at home, supported by the Emerging Writers’ Festival. The opportunity is open to writers of all genres and styles, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, YA, essays and short stories.

Successful applicants will not be expected to produce a complete outcome at the end of their residency but will be encouraged to provide a reflection on their residency in their chosen format, to be shared on EWF’s digital platforms.

Please read the submission guidelines before applying.


Emerging writers who have not had a full length work published by a commercial publishing house are eligible to apply.

We are prioritising First Nations writers, writers with a disability, writers of colour, and culturally and linguistically diverse writers for this opportunity. One residency slot will be specifically reserved for a First Nations writer, though that does not limit the number of First Nations recipients.

People from regional Victoria and interstate are also strongly encouraged to apply.


The residencies will operate for a duration of 2 weeks from October to December 2020.

Please note: There are no set dates for the residency, so successful applicants will be asked to nominate their preferred two-week residency period, which must conclude no later than 18 December 2020.


The selected writers will conduct the residency remotely from their home, studio or other nominated location.


Make sure you’ve read the Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions, which are available in PDF and DOC formats.

If you’ve still got queries, please contact us [email protected]



  • An honorarium of $1,600 to commit to a fortnight’s creative development of their writing in 2020
  • An opportunity for a mentoring meeting with the EWF Artistic Director to discuss their work
  • A feature profile on EWF’s website
  • Opportunities for integration into EWF programming (if appropriate)


  • Expressions of interest are open now
  • Closing date: Sun 20 Sept at 5pm AEST
  • Selected writers announced: week commencing Mon 12 Oct


Please read the Terms & Conditions for full eligibility requirements and submission guidelines. There is a limit of one entry per person.

Terms & Conditions