Early career writers are invited to apply for the NSW Government’s 2016 Writer’s Fellowship that will provide $30,000 for a program of professional development in addition to the opportunity to attend a one-week residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains.

The NSW Government is proud to support professional writers and help them reach new audiences for their work. NSW has a wealth of literary talent and I urge early career writers in our community to take this opportunity to further develop their skills and enhance their career.

Supporting artists across all art forms is a key part of our Government’s Create in NSW 10-year policy framework that guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is prioritising increasing participation in the arts, as it promotes personal and collective wellbeing, as well as contributing strongly to an innovative and robust local economy.

The fellowship is open to professional writers of any age who are in the early stages of their career and will enable the recipient to undertake activities including research, mentorships, internships, courses and creating new works.

Eligible writing forms are fiction, literary non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, poetry, writing for performance, graphic novels and literary digital and new media work.

Applications open today Friday, 5 February 2016 and close at midnight on Monday, 14 March 2016.

For more information including details on how to apply, visit www.arts.nsw.gov.au.