The Affirm Press Mentorship Award 2017
Application Guidelines & Application Form


Varuna in partnership with Affirm Press


Please note that the application process has four steps:

STEP 1: Prepare your submission 
STEP 2:
Online Form (Part A)         
STEP 3: Payment Page (Part B)     
STEP 4: Submission Upload (Part C)

STEP 1 - PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION - FORMATTING GUIDELINES

You will need to have saved your submission (cover pages plus sample chapter)
as a single PDF before you start the application procedure (Parts A, B & C).

Your application should include:

  • Cover page & Synopsis (details of what to include below)
  • A sample chapter of your work up to 10,000 words (this does not have to be your first chapter but should give a good feel for the direction of your work and your voice as a writer).

 

Your cover pages should include the following details:

  • Your name
  • The name of your manuscript
  • The genre/form of the work
  • A Logline (a one sentence description of your project)
  • A brief biography including relevant writing or life experience (one to two paragraphs only)
  • A one-page synopsis of your project. Your synopsis should be a one-page document that provides an overview of the entire story including how it ends. Keep it short, direct and straight to the core of what your manuscript is about.

Your work should be formatted as follows:

  • Submitted work should be in English, typed (font size 12), double spaced and generous margins (at least 3 cm on left and right).
  • You should include an identifying title and the page number on the top right hand corner of each page.


You will need to save your submission as a single PDF document

  • You will need to save and upload your cover pages including, bio, one-page synopsis and sample chapter as a single PDF document.
  • Please use the name of your manuscript as the PDF submission name. To save your file as a PDF your submission name will need to be 25 characters or less.
  • Click here for tips on how to convert word doc to pdf - it may simply be a matter of 'saving' your document as a PDF.


Click here to see a sample submission.

Varuna reserves the right to not process applications that do not follow the formatting guidelines.

STEP 2: Complete the online Application Form (Part A)


Remember you will need to have saved your submission (sample chapter plus cover pages) as a single PDF document before you start the application procedure.


Step by step instructions on how to do this are included below.

When you have successfully submitted your Application Form (Part A), you will be taken to the Payment Page (Part B).

Please complete Online Form (Part A) once only per application.

STEP 3: Make Your Payment (Part B)

After submitting Part A you will be taken to the Payment Page (Part B) where you can either:

• pay the application fee by Paypal if you have a Paypal account
• or pay by credit card if you do not have a Paypal account.

The application fee is $60 (GST free).

Payment must be made before you can upload your submission (Part C).

Payment must be made by midnight (AEST) on the closing date.

Following payment, PayPal will issue you a receipt – it’s important that you keep this for your records.

Following successful payment you will be taken to a Thank You page with a link to the Submission Upload Page (Part C).

STEP 4: Upload Your Submission (Part C)

After you have completed your payment (Part B) you will be taken to a Thank You page with a link to the Submission Upload Page (Part C) where you can upload your submission.

Your submission should include a sample chapter of your draft manuscript (See Formatting Guidelines above) and a cover sheet. Your sample chapter does not have to be your first chapter but should provide a good feel for the direction of your work and your voice as a writer.

After uploading your submission successfully you will be taken to a Thank You screen – this completes your application.

Acknowledgement of Application

As submitted applications are received and verified manually, Varuna will send an email acknowledgement to the applicant – please allow up to one week.

To ensure that you receive the email from Varuna, you need to add Varuna's email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to your address book and you may need to whitelist Varuna - click here for instructions.

 
Conditions for Applicants

In submitting an application, applicants agree to the following conditions:

• Applications must comply with the program's requirements as set out in the Program and Application Guidelines.
• Applicants must be 18 years or older.
• Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
• Submitted material must be the applicant's own original work.
• Applicants must not be contracted to another publisher.
• Application form (Parts A, B & C) must be uploaded by midnight (AEST) on the deadline.
• Submissions including any support material must be uploaded (electronically) by the deadline. Late applications are not considered.
• Application materials are not returned under any circumstances. After the selection process is finished, materials are responsibly disposed of.
• Individual feedback is not provided to unsuccessful applicants.
• Varuna retains information from application forms for one year.

Copyright

Applicants retain copyright of their material but agree to their work being used as stated in this program's description.

Feedback to Applicants

The selectors' decisions are final. Selectors do not discuss the selection process or offer individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
For awarded applicants and their works in 2016 see Varuna News.
If you would like to receive more specific feedback on your manuscript Varuna is happy to provide writers with structured and ongoing support through our Writer Development Program.


Disclaimer: Varuna reserves the right to make changes to its advertised programs and all applications are accepted subject to this proviso.

A word about Privacy

The information you have provided is used only for your application and deleted from the database after 1 year. Paper copies are disposed of by Varuna's document disposal company.

To view Varuna's Privacy Policy, click here.


Keeping up to date with Varuna's programs

If you are interested in receiving news of other programs, events and news at Varuna, you can subscribe to Varuna eNews by entering your name and email address in the field at the top right of the Payments page. This is optional.

You can also subscribe at some other time by going to Varuna's Mailing List page.

You can also keep up to date by visiting www.varuna.com.au regularly.

Download these Guidelines & Application Instructions (as a pdf) here or (as a word doc) here.


Application Form Instructions & Trouble Shooter

Instructions for Completing your Application (Parts A, B & C)
The instructions which follow are also in downloadable PDF format. You can download and print this document to help you through the process.

CHECKLIST BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH APPLICATION:
  • Submission saved as per the guidelines above
  • Data for Online Form (Part A) prepared including log line and manuscript name.
  • Payment ($60) can be made using Paypal

 

Step 1: Have your submission saved as a single pdf

Step 2: Completing Online Form (Part A) form


1. Enter your information in the fields. The fields marked with (*) are required – you will not be able to submit the form without completing these.
2. Most of the fields are self-explanatory. The following points are for those fields with special restrictions or requirements.
3. First name & surname: avoid apostrophes as these have special meaning in the database. For example, write O'Mara as OMara. Only use capitals for initial letters.
4. Main phone: required. Enter your landline or mobile, whichever is your preference for contact. The phone number must consist of exactly 10 digits with no spaces or hyphens. Landlines must contain the area code. Landline example: 0247825674. Mobile example: 0412345678.
5. Other phone: optional. Enter a landline or mobile number here if you have a second method of contact. The same rules apply as for Main phone.
6. Email: required. Make sure that this email address is correct and currently valid. Please double check it!
7. Manuscript name: Note the restrictions in the first three steps above.
8. Logline: enter a one-sentence summary of your MS (max 120 words).
9. The next 5 fields are requested by Varuna's funding bodies. They are not used as part of the selection process. Simply select the appropriate answer from the pulldown menus.
10. Genre: Choose the genre of your manuscript from the drop down menu.
11. Payment method (PayPal options).
12. Name of paypal account.
13. Alumni fee waiver: This is for currently paid up members of the Varuna Alumni only. Alumni may opt to use their annual Application Fee Waiver (up to $55) for this submission. If so, select 'Yes'. You do not need to pay a fee but still proceed to Part B, for link to Submission Upload Part C).
14. I consent to the above (on Application Form A): If you consent to the conditions above this field, select 'Yes'. Note that applications with 'No' in this field will not be eligible for selection as you have not consented to the conditions.
15. Date: click on the '...' button and select today's date from the calendar.
16. Submit your application: Your information will be sent to Varuna.
17. If you see no indication that something is happening and remain on the Application Form Part A page, there may have been an error (such as spaces in your phone number, or a required field left empty). Scroll back up the form and look for error messages in red such as invalid input. A reason will be displayed. Fix the problem and try again.

Step 3: The Payment Page (Part B)

After submitting the online form (Part A), you will be taken to Payment Page (Part B)

  1. You can pay your Application fee via PayPal by clicking on the 'PayPal' button.
  2. You will be taken to the PayPal website where you can pay the fee using your credit card or your PayPal account (if you have one).
  3. When you have paid you will receive a paypal payment receipt. Please keep this as your receipt.
  4. Following payment via PayPal, you will be taken to a Thank You page, with a link to the Submission Upload (Part C).

 
 
Step 4: Submission Upload (Part C)

Following the successful payment you will be taken to a Thank You page, with a link to the Submission Upload (Part C).

  1. Fill in the fields.
  2. Use the browse button to locate your PDF submission on your PC, remembering the naming and size restrictions as per above.
  3. Once successfully uploaded you will be taken to a Thank You screen.


That completes your application.
As submitted applications are received and verified manually, Varuna will send an email acknowledgement to the applicant – please allow up to one week.
To ensure that you receive the email from Varuna, you need to add Varuna's email address (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to your address book and you may need to whitelist Varuna - click here for instructions.
If there is any problem with your application, Varuna will be in touch by email.

Applications close 19 May 2017

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE WITH APPLICATION      (Applications open 10 April 2017)