Varuna, the National Writers' House

Varuna First Nations Fellowship 2024

Varuna, the National Writers' House is offering six fellowships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.


Opportunity Details

Closing Date

May 14, 2024


New South Wales


Writing and Publishing

Each year, Varuna awards six fellowships Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.

This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, young adult, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.

The fellowship week includes an optional one-on-one mentoring session, and group reading sessions. Writers will also be offered the opportunity to have a discussion with Rachel Bin Salleh, Publisher at Magabala Books in a culturally safe space.

First Nations Fellowships also include an optional publishing appraisal from Magabala Books, Australia’s leading Indigenous publisher, for any work that you complete as a result of this fellowship, available for up to 18 months following the period of your fellowship.

The Fellowship includes accommodation and meals at Varuna, as well as travel between your home and Katoomba, including 50 cents per km reimbursement for distance travelled in a personal vehicle, economy airfares and bus or train tickets. Please refer to Varuna’s FAQ for more details.


Applications open: 3 April 2024

Closing date: 14 May 2024

Dates of residency: Between 25 November – 2 December 2024

To find out more and apply, go to: