Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship FAQ

What are the costs of the program?
There are no costs involved in this program. You will be fully reimbursed for all travel expenses to and from Varuna, and your fellowship includes full board and accommodation for seven nights, as well as a writing consultation with your mentor.

I've missed the deadline. Can I still submit an application?
No. Unfortunately no applications will be accepted after the deadline date.

I submitted work to the First Nations program last year. Can I resubmit the same work this year?
While there is no limit to how often you may apply for a fellowship, we request that you do not resubmit a work that you have already submitted in a previous year unless there has been substantial reworking/revision.

I do not have a complete manuscript yet. Can I still apply?

Is there a word limit for my submission?
Yes, the word limit is 10,000 words.

Can Varuna accommodate writers with disabilities?
Unfortunately, our facilities are limited in this regard, although we are well advanced in planning for new buildings to accommodate a wider range of residents in the future. If you have restricted mobility, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your specific requirements. Please note that we are not equipped to accommodate residents with challenging mental health conditions due to the complexity of issues such conditions may present.

Can I apply for more than one Varuna fellowship at a time?
Yes. For example, our PIP fellowship is open at the same time as the First Nations fellowship, and you are welcome to apply for both.

I received a First Nations fellowship last year. Can I apply for a fellowship again this year?
No. There is a three-year time limit for each program. Therefore, if you received a First Nations fellowship in 2018, you cannot apply for a First Nations fellowship until 2020. However, you can apply for a First Nations fellowship if you received a different Varuna fellowship within this period. For example, if you received a LitLink fellowship within the last three years, you are still eligible to apply for a First Nations fellowship.

If I am awarded a First Nations fellowship, does this mean I am offered a publishing contract?
No. There is no obligation for Magabala Press to offer you a contract at the conclusion of the Varuna fellowship. However, if you are awarded a First Nations fellowship, this does mean that Magabala Press has read your work and chosen it as being of interest, and is committed to appraising your work after you have completed your residency at Varuna.

I work with another writer collaboratively. If our application is successful, can we come to Varuna together?
If your writing is genuinely a joint work, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to explain your specific requirements. We will try to accommodate you if we possibly can.