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More resources for non-fiction writing

15 July, 2009

Marlene Lage has sent a fantastic list of additional resources for non-fiction writing, including prizes, travel scholarships and workshop opportunities for manuscript publishing.

ABR The Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay
Deadline: end of August.  The Australian Book Review and Copyright Agency Limited Annual Prize for an Outstanding Essay – with a first prize worth $10,000. The Calibre Prize is designed as an inclusive competition. We welcome essays from leading writers and commentators, but also from previously unpublished writers. All non-fiction subjects are eligible. Entry form and details: see Australian Book Review website.

Asialink Residency Program
( Deadline 1 Sept. Three- to four-month funded residencies (up to $12000) in Asia with a host organisation.

The Australian/Vogel literary award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under 35.

Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development
See Varuna website. Deadline end October.  Ten-day residential editorial workshops with senior HarperCollins editors for new or emerging writers of fiction and narrative non-fiction. Highly competitive. Varuna also offers professional development residencies with a mentor but these you must pay for.

Westerly (
Based at the University of Western Australia. Westerly is ‘very keen to publish new writers’. Published annually in November (submission deadline  June 30). ‘Westerly publishes lively fiction and poetry as well as intelligent articles. Westerly is not a specialist academic journal but aims to generate interest in the literature and culture of Australia and its neighbouring regions.’

–L.L. Wynn

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