Fellowship Program


'The Fellowship was an amazing experience for me, to be able to put all other responsibilities aside and spend two weeks doing nothing but focussing on writing. Having writers around me at all times, with the other two Fellows in nearby cabins, as well as writers on staff and in writing groups, meant that when not busy with my own writing, I was constantly exposed to new ideas and concepts related to writing. For two weeks, I lived and breathed writing in a way I never have before. I now have a manuscript of 41,000 words which, after further editing, I can work towards getting published. I am very grateful to the KSP Foundation for assisting me to reach this goal.' Fiona Robertson, 2017 fellowship recipient

2021 FELLOWSHIPS - up to 18 positions available

Applications will open mid 2020, stay tuned 


Deadline: 5.00pm AWST Sunday 13 September 2020

The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to host this annual Fellowship program for Australian adult authors providing two-week placements for dedicated aspiring and emerging writers looking to advance their career and develop a project at a professional level.

Successful applicants are gifted with the time and space to work in an inspirational environment with special access to Katharine’s Cottage, where celebrated novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard wrote most of her life works. While in residence at KSP, fellows have also have access to an active community of writers through our many writing groups and calendar of events, as well as the opportunity to network, drink and dine with your co-fellows.

The Selection Panel, comprised of three members of KSP's Literary Advisory Committee, will be looking for good writing, compelling projects with developmental potential, and writers who demonstrate commitment to and a clear vision for their projects, with a focus on representing a diversity of genders and genres across the annual program of fellows.


Important notes to consider before applying: An application fee applies for non-members. Successful fellows are required to cover his/her own transport and food costs whilst in residence, and, with the exception of scholarship positions, contribute a weekly fee of $300 payable in full by late January. Fees help to cover administrative costs and sustain the program. Late applications will not be considered. Be sure to proofread your application. Please note that decisions made by the Selection Panel are final and no further correspondence will be entered into. Successful fellows are eligible to re-apply in the second year that follows their previous fellowship, for example, if you have a fellowship in 2018, you can apply again for the 2020 fellowship program.

Results: Applicants will be advised via email approximately four-six weeks after submission. Applications are assessed by a three-person Selection Panel comprised of impartial members of KSP's Board or Management and Literary Advisory Committee.

Steps to Apply

Please note these steps are subject to change before applications open mid-2020. Stay tuned for details.

  1. Download and read the Fellowship Information Sheet.

  2. Understand and agree to the terms and costs involved, and have a clear idea of your preferred dates as specified in the information sheet. Please note the information sheet is currently in development and the correct dates will be published when applications open mid-2020.

  3. Join KSP as a member (or elect to pay the $50 fellowship application fee).

  4. Sign up for a free Submittable account.

  5. Download and complete the Fellowship Project Form; save as PDF and titled: 'Surname, First Name'.

  6. Organise your author profile image as a high quality jpg or png file.

  7. Complete the Submittable application form and attach required files before the deadline. Note: this form is not yet open.

  8. Submit.


Troubleshooting: Email office@kspwriterscentre.com directly with your publicity image and completed Fellowship Project Form attached.

Current positions

Regular Fellowships: Up to 18 annual positions available. Full-time period over two consecutive weeks (thirteen nights) between January and November, set dates from Monday-Sunday. Please consult the application form for the date periods. Applicants will be advised via email approximately three-six weeks after submission. Fellowship applications are assessed by a three-person Selection Panel comprised of impartial members of KSP's Literary Advisory Committee. A subsidy MAY be offered to up to three fellows who opt to run a three hour workshop, if the Panel feel the presenter is sufficiently experienced and the topic would be of interest to the KSP community. Please note that if you don't opt to pitch a workshop, this will NOT affect your chances of selection. 


Total contribution fee: $600.

Diversity Matters Scholarship: KSP Writer-in-Residence alumna Rashida Murphy sponsors this annual one-week fellowship position. The Diversity Matters Scholarship invites First Nations writers and writers of colour to submit applications. Preference will be given to West Australian emerging writers in any genre working towards publication of a novel or collection, although the scholarship is also available Australia-wide. The first week is sponsored by Rashida Murphy, and includes a short mentoring/feedback session to be mutually agreed upon. The successful applicant also has the option to reside at the Centre for a second week, at the subsidised rate of $300. The scholarship is designed specifically to provide space for those whose voices often go unheard, those who work between languages and cultures and those for whom traditional writing and publishing places are harder to access. It is designed to welcome First Nations and writers of colour into an inclusive and supportive space. 

Total contribution fee: $0. (optional extra week for $300).

“Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard.” Liz and Mollie

Foundation Fellowship: In partnership with the Eleanor Dark Foundation and Varuna the Writers House in NSW to commemorate the friendship between Australian writers Katharine Susannah Prichard and Eleanor Dark. The Foundation Fellowship is worth $2,100 and offers a discounted Varuna residency and KSP residency of one week duration at each place. The KSP fellowship will occur between Feb-Jun, and the Varuna fellowship between Jul-Nov (dates negotiated with the fellow). Successful applicants must be current West Australian residents, and will be required to contribute travel costs and subsidised fee of $1,000 to cover both residencies, which includes accommodation and all meals at Varuna, and accommodation, breakfast supplies and unlimited writing group sessions at KSP. The Foundation Fellowship will be awarded to a WA novelist or short story writer – published or unpublished – who displays exceptional promise in their nominated project, in both their writing style and premise of the work. It is expected that the Foundation Fellow will be working on a final or near final draft, and will be ready to publish within the following year. Preference will be given to CALD and young (under 30) writers. Former KSP Fellows and Writers-in-Residence are eligible to apply.

Total contribution fee: $1000.

Unpublished Writer Program: Three positions available for unpublished aspiring writers who don't yet feel experienced enough to apply for a regular Fellowship but are dedicated to working on a writing project at a professional level. Full-time period over one or two consecutive weeks (six or thirteen nights). Please consult the application form for the date periods. 


Total contribution fee: $800.

Published Author Program: Three positions available for multi-published authors (self-published titles included). Full-time period over one or two consecutive weeks (six or thirteen nights). Please consult the application form for the date periods.


Total contribution fee: $800.

Please note - due to the current COVID-19 situation there may be delays in processing applications, and 2021 dates may be subject to change.

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