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Varuna launches publisher and agent program

Varuna, the National Writers’ House has launched a program to connect Australian writers with the publishing industry.

Pitch Me! provides the opportunity for writers ‘to cut through the complex business of literary representation and to have their work assessed by agents and publishers’.

‘Finding a way into the industry and creating those opportunities to have your work reviewed for publication can be hard, and an obstacle for many talented writers,’ said Varuna creative director Amy Sambrooke. ‘The intention of Pitch Me! is to create opportunities for writers who have already been selected for a highly competitive Varuna Fellowship, who have completed a draft manuscript, and who are now looking for editorial feedback and connections in the publishing industry.’

Two writers will receive a $2000 development payment, an optional week’s residency at Varuna and an extended editorial conversation to develop a work with the aim for publication.

For the inaugural program Ultimo Press publisher Alex Craig and literary agent Grace Heifetz of Left Bank Literary will work with the two recipients.

The program is open only to alumni from Varuna’s recent fellowship and masterclass programs. For more information, see the Varuna website.

Pictured L–R: Alex Craig, Grace Heifetz


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