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The Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Applications for the NSW Affirm Press Mentorship Award open online 1 May 2016 and close 15 June 2016.

Affirm Press and Varuna the National Writers House are thrilled to announce that applications for the Affirm Press Mentorship Award are open online.

Now in its second year this creative partnership offers up to three writers developing exceptional new work the opportunity to work with the Affirm Press publishing team while in residence at Varuna in the Blue Mountains NSW.

The aim of the Mentorship is to help writers get their manuscript to a publishable standard and – if the process is successful – ultimately for Affirm Press to publish the work. By its very nature a development program like this cannot come with a guarantee of publication, but Affirm Press will choose each of the manuscripts because they believe it has the potential to become a publishable work of literary value. A wonderful aspect of the program is that it will be done residentially at Varuna, the National Writers House, an environment well known for being supportive of the writing process and the development of Australian literature. The residency week will be held from Monday 17 October until Sunday, 23 October 2016 and the prize includes full board and accommodation including your own room and writing studio.

Applications close midnight 15 June 2016.

For further details including how to apply VISIT: WWW.VARUNA.COM.AU or PHONE: (02) 4782 5674

You may also be interested in a Varuna Guided Program...

Varuna Focus Weeks

A Varuna Focus Week offers a residential masterclass to writers with a shared interest in a particular area. Focus weeks include individual work-time and facilitated sessions and may also include one-on-one mentorship.

Focus Weeks are led by some of Australia’s best cultural facilitators including Peter Bishop (A Writer's Conversation), Tegan Bennett Daylight (Short Story), Siobhan McHugh (Creative Audio) and Patti Miller (Advanced Memoir). Each Focus Week Facilitator will lead a unique and stimulating residential masterclass that promotes writing, conversation and creative engagement.

For more information, click here.

For any queries, please contact: Vera Costello, Varuna Administrator Varuna - the National Writers House 141 Cascade St (PO Box 907) Katoomba NSW 2780 Phone: (02) 4782 5674 email: Website:

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