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This award will assist an early-career author in the development of their unpublished manuscript. The award is open to writers of all genres of adult narrative fiction and non-fiction. Short story collections will be considered.

Four shortlisted writers will be awarded the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship, involving a one-week residency at Varuna, the Writers' House in the Blue Mountains. More information here.

The winner will receive a $4000 cash prize, to be announced after the Fellowship. 

Submissions open Monday 2 March 2020.
Submissions close 5pm AEST Tuesday 30 April 2020.
Longlisted entrants will be announced on Monday 1 June, and shortlisted entrants announced on Monday 15 June.

The KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship for shortlisted entrants will take place from Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September at Varuna the Writers House, Katoomba NSW.

The winner of the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award will be announced in late November/early December 2020.

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