'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
The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to host this annual fellowship program for adult authors, providing two-week placements for dedicated aspiring, emerging and established writers looking to develop a writing project. Please note that applications for the 2021 program have now closed; see here for the list of successful applicants. Applications for the 2022 program will open soon: Stay tuned!
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 works. While in residence at KSP, fellows also have access to an active community of peers through our many writing groups, all of which are complimentary as part of the fellowship, as well as the opportunity to network, drink and dine with your co-fellows - in a socially distanced way, of course!
Regionally-based and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) writers are encouraged to apply.
Please read the details listed below carefully to ensure your eligibility before applying, and download the Supporting Fellowship Document template before you commence your application. See bottom of this web page for links and FAQs. Check out the KSP retreat booking page for pictures and details of our cabins.
Up to 21 annual positions available, each including a full-time period over two consecutive weeks (thirteen nights) between February and November, set dates from Monday-Sunday. Please consult the Submittable application form for date periods. Dates are non-negotiable. A fee subsidy will be offered to some fellows who opt to run a two or three hour workshop, if the Selection Panel feel the presenter is sufficiently experienced, that the topic would be of interest to the KSP community, and the fellow's date range will suit KSP's schedule of other planned activities. If you don't opt to pitch a workshop, this will NOT affect your chances of selection. Co-fellow networking and complimentary unlimited KSP writing group sessions are included as part of the fellowship.
Please note: Successful fellows are required to cover his/her own transport and food costs whilst in residence, and contribute a subsidised weekly fee of $300 payable in full by late January. Fees help to cover administrative costs and sustain the program. The fellowship is valued at $1,400 each.
It is important to note that your fellowship cannot be changed once dates are agreed upon, unless in extraordinary circumstances, and must be undertaken as a consecutive period. Any requested changes (except if related to COVID restrictions, or unexpected ill health/injury) to set dates after a contract has been signed will incur an administration fee.
One last note: KSP staff will endeavour to facilitate a fellowship that includes the company of one-two other writers whilst you are staying at the Centre. However, this entirely depends on the Australian border situation and if interstate writers can travel to WA, as well as writers’ individual circumstances in which they unexpectedly cancel. We will keep you informed.
If you are an Australian or international author falling into any of these categories, you are eligible to apply for a KSP fellowship:
Aspiring dedicated writers over the age of 18 (traditionally unpublished or only published online/self-published), in any genre including graphic novels, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoir, hybrid, romance, and script, at any stage of progressing a substantial manuscript project and with a clear goal and vision for the work.
Emerging and established writers over the age of 18 (traditionally published), in any genre and at any stage of progressing a substantial manuscript project, as per above.
Honours, Masters and PhD students over the age of 18 working on a creative thesis.
Former fellowship and Writer-in-Residence recipients, if a full year has passed since residing at KSP, and the applicant has no outstanding reports from the previous KSP fellowship or residency.
Is there a cost to apply?
No, but you do need to be a current financial member of KSP or WA Writers United (WAWU) to be eligible, or your application will be disqualified. KSP membership status will be verified by KSP staff. See here to join, if you are not already a member. Note that interstate, regional and overseas applicants qualify for the $30 'Country' category. If you are a WAWU member, your application must include proof of current membership or subscription, such as a photocopy of your membership card, or an email confirmation from the participating organisation (see below).
What is WA Writers United (WAWU)?
WA Writers United is a collective group of WA writing organisations offering reciprocal discounts for members. So if you are a member of one, you qualify for the member discount on select events and programs at all the others! WAWU includes: KSP Writers’ Centre, Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Fellowship of Australian Writers WA, OOTA, WA Poets Inc, and Westerly. This initiative is supported by writingWA.
What classifies as 'Regional' or 'Culturally and Linguistically Diverse'?
To classify as a 'Regional' writer, you must be based overseas or currently living in a remote area of Australia (see here for postcodes that qualify). CALD is a contemporary descriptor for ethnic communities. CALD people are generally defined as those who are born overseas, in countries other than those classified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as 'main English speaking countries'.
What is KSP looking for when selecting 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.
I have received a KSP residency in the past. Can I apply for a KSP fellowship?
If your residency reports from the previous stay were submitted on time, then yes.
I have received a KSP fellowship in the past. Can I apply for another KSP fellowship?
Previously successful fellows are eligible to re-apply in the second year that follows their last fellowship, for example, if you had a fellowship in 2019, you can apply again for the 2021 program. Please note this is only for fellows who fulfilled their contractual requirements of the previous fellowship by returning reports to KSP by the deadline.
Can I have a date period that is not listed on Submittable?
Unfortunately, no. Due to the scheduling difficulties this would cause, and to maximise the benefit of co-fellowship with other writers, we cannot organise anything outside of set dates. Rescheduling is only possible in extraordinary circumstances, in which case the fellow may end up residing at the Centre alone, which is not ideal.
Applying: What to Do
Read the FAQs, fellowship and eligibility details on this KSP web-page.
Sign up for a free Submittable account.
Understand and agree to the terms and costs involved, and have a clear idea of your preferred dates as specified in KSP's fellowship application form which can be found on Submittable.
If you are a WA Writers United member, prepare your proof of membership.
Download and save the Supporting Fellowship Document as a .doc or .docx file to your computer, titled as your full name. Complete details.
Organise your author profile image as a high quality jpg or png file.
Complete the Submittable application form by clicking on the 'Submit' button above, and attach required files. Save.
Proofread application carefully, and submit before the deadline.
APPLICATION ENQUIRIES: 08 9294 1872 or firstname.lastname@example.org