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QAC Regional New Writer Scholarship
or Queensland Arts Council Regional New Writer Scholarship
Subcategory of Awards Australian Awards
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'Provides a new writer from Regional Queensland with a three-week residency at the Varuna Writers’ Centre in the Blue Mountains.'


  • This is awarded each year to a new regional writer of prose (novels or short stories). Applicants must live in Queensland but outside the City of Brisbane and must not yet have a substantial body of work published. Applicants submit an excerpt of their work, to a maximum of 14,000 words, which is assessed by an independent judge. The Scholarship consists of a three-week writing retreat at Varuna Writers' Centre in the Blue Mountains, with return fares paid.

Latest Winners / Recipients

Year: 2004

winner Peta Johansen Awarded to work on her first novel, 'Wedding Etiquette for Ferals.'

Year: 1998

winner Everald Compton Regional Gina Mercer