Open Call. Melbourne Virtual Writer in Residence

Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature is now open for applications for the first virtual writers in residence program. They will be placing writers from the UNESCO Cities of Literature in 11 organisations across Melbourne, and Victoria. 

Each writer in residence will be connected with their selected organisation and will require you to produce agreed upon content for the organisation. This content will be any three of the following (or three of just one of the following): a workshop, a written piece, an appearance/ panel, a social media takeover.

The residency will also include opportunities for meetings with all the writers in residence, introductions to all organisations and facilitated further connections with Melbourne as a City of Literature.

As one of our virtual writers in residence, you will be paid AUD$2000 and retain all copyright for your work.


- Australian Poetry is looking for a poet to commission for its annual publication and literary festivals program.
- Blarney Books & Art is seeking an author to connect its rural writing community with the world.
- Emerging Writers’ Festival is looking for an emerging writer to connect with fellow emerging writers in Melbourne in peer-led workshops and feedback sessions​.
- The F Project  would love to welcome a writer to provide challenges and inspiration for its community of -writers.
- La Trobe University is seeking a writer whose work has been translated to participate with the Art, Culture and Community research cluster. 
- Melbourne Writers' Theatre is looking for a playwright to connect and inspire its community of playwrights.
- State Library of Victoria is looking for a writer to create content that will help the public discover the curiosities and treasures from its online State Collection. 
- The Little Bookroom is looking for a children's creator to use its store to celebrate children's literature. 
- The Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Library is seeking a writer to engage with its library collection, adding a fresh voice and perspective. 
- Stella is looking for a writer who is passionate about celebrating women's writing to celebrate 10 years of Stella. 
- Writers Victoria is looking for a writer to engage with its community of writers.


You must be a resident in one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature.


Follow this link to express your interest in being a virtual writer in residence! For the application, we will need to know some details about you and your practice. It will also require you to answer some questions:

- Which organisation would you like to be a resident of and why? You will also be asked if you have a second choice of organisation.
- What would you like to do with the organisation? (You can choose from a workshop, written piece, appearance/panel or social media takeover).
- How will this virtual residency impact your professional development?

DEADLINE is 6th of September 2021.