NSW Writers’ Centre Varuna Fellowship

The winner of the 2015 Varuna Fellowship has been announced. It is Sylvia Johnson for her evocative and intriguing novel set partly in WWII Malaya, Our Father Heart. She will be awarded a one-week writing residency at Varuna the Writers’ House in 2016, including accommodation for seven nights and all meals.

The judges were very impressed by the quality and variety of entries. Choosing just three was a real challenge. Runners-up were Jesse Blackadder, for her confronting and beautifully characterised novel about a family tragedy, This Doesn’t Happen to Us, and Michelle Troxler, for her fast-paced, suspenseful YA fantasy novel, Promera. They will each receive a book pack from HarperCollins and, along with the winner, will have the opportunity to submit their manuscript for feedback to HarperCollins publisher Catherine Milne.

The fellowship is an annual prize for a writer who has a manuscript, play or suite of poems that is ready for the next stage of development. The writer must be a NSW Writers’ Centre member who is willing to commit to developing their work.

Judges of the 2015 NSW Writers’ Centre Varuna Fellowship were HarperCollins publisher Catherine Milne, writer Luke Carman and NSW Writers’ Centre Executive Director Jane McCredie.

Previous NSW Writers’ Centre Varuna Fellowship winners include Jacqui Dent, Mark Brandi, Helen Thurloe, Greg Woodland, Lucie Stevens and Alison Thompson.

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