Writing fellowships from Australian Book Review – applications open

Under the leadership of Peter Rose and the generosity of individual donors, the venerable Australian Book Review has expanded both the number and quality of its writing fellowships and prizes in recent years. Here are some application deadlines to note if you have something to say and the time in which to craft it.

2017 ABR Gender Fellowship – $7,500 – closes 1 February, 2017
The ABR Gender Fellowship is a new addition to the Fellowship program. ABR seeks proposals for a substantial article on gender in contemporary Australian creative writing in all its forms.

2017 ABR RAFT Fellowship – $7,500 – closes 10 March, 2017
Australian Book Review welcomes applications for the second RAFT Fellowship, comprising proposals for a 6,000 to 8,000-word article on any aspect of the role and significance of religion in society and culture.

2017 ABR Eucalypt Fellowship – $7,500 – closes 10 March, 2017
For the third ABR Eucalypt Fellowship, ABR seeks proposals for a 6000 to 8,000-word article on the Australian eucalypt in all its forms, with reference to history, literature, science and natural history, Indigenous subjects, the arts, or politics. This Fellowship article will appear in our 2017 Environment issue.

Before you apply, make sure you read the Fellowship guidelines.

2017 ABR Calibre Essay Prize – $7,500 – closes 15 March, 2017
The ABR Calibre Essay Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for a new essay, open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. We are seeking essays of between 3,000 and 7,000 words on any non-fiction subject. Judges: Sheila Fitzpatrick, Peter Rose, Geordie Williamson

More information here.

2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – prize pool $12,500 – closes 10 April, 2017
The ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is one of the world’s leading prizes for an original short story (2,000 – 5,000 words), open to anyone in the world who is writing in English. 

More information here.

Grants for Australian writers due by the end of May 2012

If you’re an Australian writer who missed the deadline for the latest round of Australia Council Literature Grants, here are three due at the end of May that might interest you:

Writers Victoria is offering three emerging writers and three mid-career writers the use of a Glenfern writers’ studio for a period of three months through the generous support of the Readings Foundation and the Grace Marion Wilson Trust.

The 2012 Readings Fellowship is for a Mid-Career Writer – meaning a writer who has a publication background in prose, poetry or works written for performance. The 2012 Grace Marion Wilson Fellowship is for an Emerging Writer – meaning a writer working on his or her first or second work.

Deadline is 5.00 pm Thursday 31 May. Application forms here.


Seriously published writers only need apply for the Australian Book Review Patron’s Fellowship. The $5,000 fellowship is sponsored byABR’s patrons and will be awarded for either ‘a profile of a major media/cultural figure’ or ‘a discursive essay with media/cultural themes’. Any Australian writer who has ‘a significant publication record [in] books, creative writing, essays or journalism’ has until 31 May to apply.

Note: You only need submit a detailed proposal, not the finished work, for consideration for the Fellowship. They want “a succinct but comprehensive proposal, plus a CV of no more than two pages.” Ideally you should contact the editor first about your topic (editor@australianbookreview.com.au).


Also at ABR is the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, which offers generous awards for short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Have you got a piece you’ve been meaning to finish? Dust it off, scrub it up and send it off, though it’s $18 to submit your story ($14 for subscribers). Gotta be in it, and all that.