The Anne Edgeworth Writers’ Fellowship is provided to an emerging writer in the Canberra Region.  The Fellowship is worth up to $5,000 and is to be used to advance the recipients’ education in the craft of writing.  The Fellowship is provided annually by the Anne Edgeworth Trust and is administered by the ACT Writers Centre.

Anne Edgeworth (also known as Anne Godfrey-Smith) was a prominent poet, writer, theatre director, academic, conservationist and activist for reconciliation. She died in June 2011. Anne mentored many young writers as a tutor, author and poet and her family has established an annual award for emerging writers in her memory. More information about Anne can be found at Obituaries Online.

Congratulations to Kellie Nissen who was awarded the Anne Edgeworth Emerging Writer’s Fellowship at the ACT Writing & Publishing Awards night. Thank you to all applicants to the award.

To be eligible to be considered for the Fellowship you must:

  1. Entrants must live in the ACT or one of the nearby NSW Local Government Areas (Young, Harden, Gundagai, Tumut, Boorowa, Yass Valley, Upper Lachlan, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Wingecarribee, Palerang, Greater Queanbeyan, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma Monaro, and Snowy River).
  2. Entrants must be emerging writers.
  3. Entrants must permanently reside in Australia.

The Fellowship can be used for any purpose that furthers the recipients’ education in their chosen field of literature and must be associated with a tertiary institution or other educational institution concerned with creative writing such as the ACT Writers Centre.  For example: tuition fees, travel, accommodation, printing and publishing, editing, writers’ retreat etc (‘the project’).  The funds cannot be used to purchase capital equipment (eg computers) or subsidise an existing commercial or non-profit activity.

The project must be completed within a twelve month period.

During the course of the project the recipient is to provide some insight into the project to the general writing community either through a lecture, seminar, workshop, written report, article, video or similar (‘community outreach’) or combination of the above.

The application process consists of two stages. The first stage requires the applicant to submit an expression of interest (EOI) on the attached form due to the ACT Writers Centre by 11:55pm, Monday 14th October 2019. A panel established by the ACT Writers Centre will assess the EOI.  The panel will draw up a short-list of potential recipients. A short-listed recipient will be invited to make a short presentation about their application at a face-to-face discussion in Canberra with the judging panel.

In 2019 this presentation will take place Mid-November. The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into about the process. All applications and judge’s commentary will remain confidential and will not be released by the ACT Writers Centre. The successful applicant (or applicants—up to two awards (not exceeding $5000 in total) may be made) will be notified by Friday 30 November 2019. Funds may, at the discretion of the ACT Writers Centre, be provided in two or more tranches, depending on the meeting of fellowship milestones. It is possible that ten percent of the award will be kept aside until all milestones are met.

Please note that only one EOI per applicant can be submitted.

Please download and complete the Anne Edgeworth Expression of Interest Form below. This form must be uploaded via this Submittable form.


The 2018 Anne Edgeworth Fellow was Gemma Killen.