'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 annual Fellowship Program is subsidised by the KSP Foundation Inc and supported by the Shire of Mundaring and WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
The KSP Writers’ Centre is proud to host this annual fellowship program for adult authors, providing placements for dedicated aspiring, emerging and established writers looking to develop a writing project. All genres accepted. Please note that applications for the 2021 program have now closed; see here for the list of successful applicants. Applications for the 2024 program are opening soon; Deadline to submit: 25 August 2023.
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!
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 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.
Important Notes to consider before applying:
Fees apply to some categories of this program. (Fees help to cover overhead and administrative costs, and sustain the program.) In the case of fee-applicable positions, a non-refundable deposit of $100 is required on signing the contract, with the balance of fees payable three weeks prior to the fellowship commencement date.
Successful fellows are required to cover his/her own transport and food costs whilst in residence, and submit acquittal reports to KSP within two weeks of completing the fellowship.
A fellowship period cannot be changed by the fellow once dates are agreed upon, and must be undertaken as a consecutive period. Please consult the Submittable application form for date periods.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS NEW CANCELLATION POLICY: If a fellow requests a cancellation of their fellowship after a contract has been signed, for whatever reason, the deposit will be forfeited and a cancellation fee will apply in accordance with contract terms. Postponements are no longer an option due to the unsustainable administrative load and KSP's highly busy schedule. If it is KSP that cancels, however, we WILL endeavour to reschedule the placement or offer a refund.
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.
Up to 15 annual positions available for aspiring, emerging and established writers from Australia (unpublished or published) looking to develop a writing project. All genres accepted.
Inclusions: This placement includes a consecutive two-week Fellowship at the historic KSP Writers' Centre, welcome gift, complimentary access to KSP writing groups and the companionship of other writers in residence, where possible.
Fees: $700, including a non-refundable deposit of $100. A fee subsidy of $100 will be offered to some fellows who opt to run a two hour workshop. If you don't opt to pitch a workshop, this will NOT affect your chances of selection. Deadline to submit: See text at top of page.
NEW! Flash Fellowship
Up to 12 annual positions available for aspiring, emerging and established writers from Australia (unpublished or published) looking to develop a writing project. All genres accepted.
Inclusions: This placement includes a consecutive one-week Fellowship at the historic KSP Writers' Centre, welcome gift, complimentary access to KSP writing groups and the companionship of other writers in residence, where possible.
Fees: $400, including a non-refundable deposit of $50. A fee subsidy of $100 will be offered to some fellows who opt to run a two hour workshop. If you don't opt to pitch a workshop, this will NOT affect your chances of selection. Deadline to submit: See text at top of page.
NEW! Flash Fellowship CALD Scholarship
1 annual position available for a CALD ('Culturally and Linguistically Diverse') writer who resides in Australia and is over the age of 18.
Inclusions: This placement includes a consecutive one-week Fellowship at the historic KSP Writers' Centre, welcome gift, complimentary access to KSP writing groups and the companionship of other writers in residence, where possible. There are no fees applicable. Deadline to submit: See text at top of page.
NEW! First Edition Fellowship (two-year program for six writers, 2023-2025)
6 positions available for emerging WA authors working towards completion of their first full length novel.
Subject to successful renewal of funding.
Inclusions: One-week fellowship between February and November, set dates from Monday-Sunday, at the historic KSP Writers' Centre each year over a two year period, a welcome gift, complimentary access to KSP writing groups, complimentary access to workshops and seminars, complimentary mentorship OR beta read of your work-in-progress, and the companionship of other writers in residence, where possible. Reports are required for acquittal on completion of the Fellowship. There are no fees applicable.
This fellowship is fully funded as part of the 4 Centres Emerging Writers Program coordinated by Fremantle Press in partnership with the KSP Writers’ Centre, Fellowship of Writers WA, Peter Cowan Writers’ Centre, and WA Poets Inc. Funded by the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Eligibility: Adult writers over the age of 18 who live in WA and have completed at least 50% of their first draft manuscript in the genre of fiction, narrative nonfiction, young adult fiction, or genre fiction. Please consult the Submittable application form for more eligibility details. Deadline to submit: 2023, date TBC.
Is there a cost to apply?
No, but you do need to be a current financial member of KSP 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 and regional applicants qualify for the 'Country' category.
What kind of writers are eligible?
You must be at least 18 years or older and a current KSP member. Otherwise, eligibility depends on the fellowship category to which you are applying. Please consult the Submittable forms for more information.
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. To identify as a CALD writer, you must come from a different country other than Australia, or you speak a Language Other Than English (LOTE), or you represent different cultural backgrounds, or you identify as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian.
What is KSP looking for when selecting fellows?
The Selection Panel 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. NOTE: This criteria does not apply for the First Edition Fellowship Program. Anyone who is eligible can apply, even those who had a fellowship in 2021, as long as reports were submitted on time.
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.
Applying: What to Do
Read the FAQs, fellowship and eligibility details on this KSP web-page.
Sign up for a free Submittable account and commence the eligibility check for this program.
If you aren't already a KSP member, purchase KSP membership.
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.
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