The language of grant-makers is a drag to read, isn’t it? Emerging, developing, established: all adjectives used to describe a virus, a plant, a community — and a writer. The first time I applied for an Australia Council grant I was shocked to discover that according to the Literature Board’s guidelines I was “developing” rather than “emerging”. Two years later (and my grant money – for which I am extremely grateful – long exhausted), I discover that I’m back to “emerging” according to the revised guidelines. The state of a writer’s maturity is obviously in the eye of the beholder.
Here are a few opportunities with March deadlines that caught my eye this past week:
23 March: State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowships
These generous Fellowships support original use of the State Library collections for new work in any field. Creative Fellowships are awarded for periods of three, six and 12 months. Grants are: $12,500 for three months, $25,000 for six months, and $50,000 for 12 months. These grants apply at these levels regardless of whether the projects are undertaken by individuals or as a collaborative partnership. Projects that have already commenced, are supported by other funding bodies, or are covered by a publishing contract are eligible.
30 March: Australia Council Writers’ Residencies
Fancy a stint working on your manuscript in Paris, Rome, or an exotic destination of your choice? These residencies might be a long shot statistically, but let’s face it, a win would be worth the effort. They are open to writers and picture book illustrators. You would improve your chances of success by demonstrating “the suitability of the intended location to their project”. It’s carefully worded, though; no “should” or “must” about it, so don’t be shy. The idea behind the residencies (the Rome and Paris studios somehow belong to the Australia Council) is that they “foster excellence in writing by providing individual writers with a supportive environment for professional development, research and creative risk-taking.” When in Rome …
31 March: Submit an idea for a panel or event to the National Young Writers’ Festival
This festival takes place in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, over the long weekend of 27 September. Festival organisers are looking for your ideas for the event. This sounds like a no-brainer if you want to connect to other young writers working across forms including zines, comics, blogging, screenwriting, poetry, spoken word, hip hop music, journalism, autobiography, comedy, songwriting and prose.
… and just over the horizon into April:
The exciting NonfictioNow Conference taking place in Melbourne in November featuring the likes of Helen Garner and David Shields is accepting panel submissions, which are due in April.