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Terms and Conditions
- The Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program is open to writers of non-fiction and fiction, poetry and drama, but is closed to tenured academics (whose writings already receive institutional support.)
- Applicants are invited to provide a short CV, and a supporting statement of no more than one page in support of their application. Please state in one page or less why you have applied to be the 2017 Endeavour House Writer in Residence, what the status of your work is (short story, excerpt of memoir, novel, etc.), and what you hope to achieve over the residency.
- Applicants will provide a small sample of writing (no more than 3000 words; 10 pages of poems or less)
- The writing sample must not contain the name of the applicant.
- The winning writer will promote the prize. See ‘Winning Writer’ below for further details of this requirement.
- Applicants must be a writer currently residing in Australia or an Australian citizen residing overseas
- Applicants agree to being promoted if they are the winner.
- Employees and Committee of Management members of EPCL and the Australia Institute are not eligible to enter.
Please take note of the application requirements carefully, as the Endeavour House Writer in Residence program steering committee is unable to accept entries or notify entrants that do not follow all the terms and conditions correctly.
- Applicants may submit a maximum of one entry.
- The writing sample must be submitted in English.
- The writing sample must be no more than 3,000 words (being either an extract of a longer work or a complete work), or no more than 10 pages of poems.
- The writing sample must include the title of the work in the header.
- The application must be submitted online. No printed applications will be accepted.
- Entries will be independently judged.
- The steering committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The steering committee may select multiple applicants or no applicant at their discretion.
- The name of the writer selected by the Endeavour House Writer in Residence steering committee will be announced on the Endeavour House website, the Australia Institute website, and associated media.
- The selected writer will receive a desk or office on The Level at Endeavour House for the period of two weeks, and a stipend of $2,500 per week.
- The selected writer will receive free (modest) accommodation for the period of the residency. If the selected writer is from Canberra and surrounds and wishes to reside at their normal home during the residency, they will instead receive a small additional honorarium.
- The selected writer must acknowledge the Endeavour House Writer in Residence Program in any publication resulting from work created as a result of the residency.
- The selected writer will write a testimonial of at least 200 words about the residency for publication on The Level and the Australia Institute website and/or media releases, explaining the benefits of the residency.
- The selected writer will give one public talk about their work in general or run one writing workshop, as negotiated with the steering committee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to include in my application?
- a short CV
- a supporting statement of no more than one page in support of your application. Please state in one page or less why you have applied to be the 2017 Endeavour House Writer in Residence, what the status of your work is (short story, excerpt of memoir, novel, etc.) and what you hope to achieve over the residency
- a small sample of writing (no more than 3,000 words; 10 pages of poems or less)
Note: applications must adhere to all relevant terms and conditions as outlined on this page.
Do you have a set criteria for selecting the successful applicant?
The only criteria for applicants is that they must be a writer who is currently residing in Australia or an Australian citizen residing overseas. The program is open to writers of non-fiction and fiction, poetry and drama, but is closed to tenured academics -- whose writings already receive institutional support.
Applicants will be assessed on their application letter outlining why they have applied, what the status of the work is, and what they hope to achieve over the residency, along with their writing samples and CV.
What are the dates for the residency?
There are no set dates for the residency, other than it taking place during 2017. The specific dates would be negotiated between the selected writer and the steering committee.
Are you looking for a writer with a project at a particular stage of development?
There is no set stage that the writing project needs to be at for consideration for the residency. It is, however, the intention of the program that the residency would give the selected writer the time to focus on a specific stated writing project.
What types of writing will the committee consider?
The Endeavour House Writer in Residence program is open to all writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. All types and genres of writing will be considered, including children’s literature. Dramatic writing and screenwriting for stage, radio, television and film will all also be considered.