Applications close 30 October 2016
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 publishers — 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.
What writers say
It’s a 40 year old dream starting with smurf-inspired short stories to full length novels, but I’m finally able to announce that Pan Macmillan have signed me up on a two book deal having won the Publishing Introduction Program through Varuna House in 2016. I’ll be working with the same editor and publisher who edits for Markus Zusak (The Book Thief), Cloudwish (Fiona Wood) and Andy Griffiths (13 Storey Treehouse series). I am very humbled to be in this position and when I went to meet the publisher for lunch I nearly sat down on the floor under the Pan Macmillan sign and cried–with pure happiness. A new chapter begins. I must thank Varuna House and the Publishing Introduction Program; it’s amazing mentors and supporters have helped me get to this point in my writing career. WRITING DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!
Taryn Bashford, PIP 2016
Who should apply
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 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. Look at Varuna’s website for more information about what different publishers are looking for when selecting work.
For full details and to apply, visit Varuna’s website
For any queries, contact:
Varuna – the National Writers House
141 Cascade St (PO Box 907)
Katoomba NSW 2780
Phone: (02) 4782 5674