Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency

The annual Ray Koppe Young Writers’ Residency offers a week’s stay at Varuna, The Writers’ House [www.varuna.com.au] in Katoomba NSW to an unpublished writer under 30. The recipient is provided with a private working space to further develop a work-in-progress, as well as accommodation and meals. Travel expenses are not covered.

The residency was established by the Koppe family as a tribute to their mother, Ray Koppe. Ray, who for many years managed the business affairs of the ASA, was always passionately interested in and supportive of young writers.

The 2016 Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency will be judged by Linsay Knight and Joel Naoum. Eligibility Criteria and Submission Guidelines are available below.

Important dates

Applications open: Thursday 31 March 2016
Applications close: Monday 2 May 2016

About the judges

Linsay Knight is widely respected as a leading expert in, and contributor to, children’s literature in Australia. As the former Head of Children’s Books at Random House Australia, she nurtured the talent of numerous authors and illustrators. Linsay is also passionate about poetry and in 2012 she and her husband, John, launched the dynamic poetry imprint Pitt Street Poetry. Since then many of the poets on their list have won awards for their work, including the 2104 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. Linsay is currently enrolled in a PhD at the University of Sydney working on a thesis that explores the fortunes of Children’s Poetry Collections.

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book publisher, editor, blogger and writer. He ran Pan Macmillan Australia's digital-first imprint Momentum and in 2011 completed the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation in the United Kingdom.


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