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

‘INTENSE’ – poetry workshop with Les Wicks


One of the country’s leading poetry workshop facilitators will be in Melbourne. This project will consist of two components.

Firstly, participants will send four poems (maximum 30 lines each) to 14 days prior to the workshop. The poems with commentary will be distributed to the participants four days prior to the workshop. Participants should bring a copy of the entire commentary document to the workshop.

On the day of the workshop we will work intensively through each participant’s poems building on prior commentary and establishing a dynamic interplay of ideas/insights. 

Should they so wish, participants will have a chance to have a piece published in the Internet magazine Australian Poetry Collaboration, which is widely read and archived by the National Library’s Pandora project which preserves significant Australian cultural websites.

This program is designed for people who have previously attended my programs or have a substantive familiarity with workshopping. It is strictly limited to only 6 attendees.

Bookings must be made by 15 November.

Cost $80.
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Poetry: an online workshop with Les Wicks

Facilitator: Les Wicks
August 7, 14, 21, 28

Whitman’s line about the process of creation nails it perfectly, but in Australia we know all too well that after every flood there’s a lot of cleaning up! Australian Poetry proudly presents an Online Workshop with Les Wicks focusing on polishing your work to a “ready for publication” level. Les reckons he never fails to get excited as each of his workshops commence because they are a journey of mutual support and discovery. Everyone (including him) gets inspired and sees new insight into poetry.

Throughout the month participants really develop a feel for where their own work is going, how they can further their publication profile and identify core strengths that can be brought to the forefront. Les Wicks has run workshops nationally. They are famous for their supportive strategies and incisive, practical orientation. You work hard on your writing – those poems deserve this, you deserve this.

les_wicksLes Wicks conducts workshops around Australia. He has performed widely for over 35 years whilst having been published in over 300 different magazines, anthologies and newspapers across 19 countries in 10 languages. Les runs Meuse Press, which focuses on poetry outreach projects like poetry on buses and poetry published on the surface of a river. His 11th book of poetry is Sea of Heartbeak (Unexpected Resilience) (Puncher & Wattmann, 2013).

Prior to commencement participants are sent notes outlining possible strategies. This online workshop will run for four weeks and operates by participants emailing the tutor their poetry a few days prior to the first scheduled day of the workshop. The tutor will respond with feedback and direction either one to one or in a group context. Participants can either send new poems each week or continue to submit the reworked first poem, improving this piece based on feedback offered weekly.

Members $95 non-members $105 AUD

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