on 14 September, 2017


Applications close 30 October 2017

A pathway to publication

Varuna's unique Publisher Introduction Program (PIP) is one of Australia's most dynamic literary partnerships, opening important doors for exceptional new writers in a creative, collaborative process that aims to deliver finely honed manuscripts to leading publishers.

Each year, the program gives up to 12 selected writers of novels, short stories and literary non-fiction the chance to nurture their manuscripts to publication stage with:

Private writing time in an environment of guidance, community and conversation – awardees will receive a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers House in the world-heritage Blue Mountains, between June and August 2017.
A literary mentor - you will be matched with a mentor who understands manuscript development and knows the publishing process. You will have a one-hour consultation on your manuscript during the residency and again when you have completed the manuscript.
A date with a publisher – when your manuscript is completed, it will be read by one of seven leading Australian — Black Inc., Pan Macmillan, Random House, Scribe Publications, Text Publishing, UQP or UWA Publishing. Your writing mentor will support you in the process of presenting your final manuscript to the publisher for their consideration.

Who should apply

We encourage writers working on the development of a new work of fiction, narrative non-fiction or writing for young adults to apply for PIP. Drafts submitted may be for full-length works, novellas, or collections of short stories. Your manuscript should be well advanced in its development with your application clearly showing that you are confident of both your direction and the voice for the work. For the strongest application, your manuscript should be complete. Any partial submission of a manuscripts should be at least 75% complete, with a clear indication of where further development is intended to occur.

For full details and to apply, click here