2021 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship – worth $10,000

Australian Book Review is pleased to advertise the 2021 ABR Patrons’ Fellowship, worth $10,000.

The ABR Fellowships – funded by the magazine’s generous Patrons – give writers a chance to extend their practice through a series of substantial articles. The Fellow will make a broad contribution to the magazine over the course of twelve months. ABR welcomes proposals from Australian creative writers, freelance reviewers, journalists, commentators and scholars. The Fellow’s articles will appear in the print magazine and online. Contributors to the magazine and previous Fellows and Fellowship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please read below for information on how to apply. Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on 1 September 2021 (AEDT).

 


Application Guidelines

 

What is the ABR Patrons’ Fellowship?

‍The ABR Fellowships – funded by the magazine’s generous Patrons – give senior contributors a chance to extend their practice through a series of substantial articles. The Fellow will make a broad contribution to the magazine over the course of twelve months. We welcome proposals from writers, reviewers, journalists, commentators, and scholars.

What will the Fellow contribute?

ABR seeks three substantial articles from a highly engaged and professional writer. As ABR broadens its long-form journalism, we look for essays or commentaries on the most pressing issues in literature, the arts, Australian and international politics (especially race and gender), and the environment. Each article will run to about 3,000 words. The articles (agreed on with the ABR Editor) will be staggered over twelve months. They will appear in the print and online editions of ABR. The Fellow will be available for media coverage and at least one event. NB: the Fellow is not expected to complete the Fellowship on-site.

What will the Fellow receive?

‍The Fellow will receive a total of $10,000, in three instalments, and work closely with the ABR Editor, Peter Rose.

Who can apply?

‍Any published writer can apply, however young. Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. ABR staff and board members are ineligible. Contributors to the magazine are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from First Nations writers and those with diverse backgrounds.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section on our website. Applicants may wish to discuss their proposals with the Editor before finalising them: (03) 9699 8822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application should comprise a proposal of two pages plus a short CV. Applicants should summarise the following:

  • their interest in the magazine and its direction;
  • how their contributions will advance ABR and win us new readers;
  • the likely nature/scope/genre of the three articles. (We are mindful that the Fellowship will evolve throughout the year.)

Applicants should also attach two examples of their literary journalism.

Applications must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on 1 September 2021 (AEDT). There is no application fee.

Familiarity with ABR

ABR looks for support and engagement from its senior contributors. Applicants must demonstrate considerable familiarity with ABR – its style, its content, its direction. Those unfamiliar with the magazine should not apply. Visit our website to subscribe to the print and/or digital edition.

Selection process

The Fellow will be chosen by a panel including ABR Editor Peter Rose. We expect to name the Fellow within four weeks of closure. No correspondence will be entered into once the decision has been announced. ABR reserves the right not to award a Fellowship in a particular round.

How can I find out about past ABR Fellowships?

Information about the previous Fellowships is available here.

 


Please read our list of Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with a question about the ABR Fellowship program.

The ABR Patrons’ Fellowship is generously funded by the ABR Patrons.

 


Click here to find out more about the ABR Fellowship program.

Click here to find out more about current Fellowships.

Click here to find out more about published Fellowships.