Named in honour of poet, novelist and short story writer Neilma Gantner (1922-2015), and presented in partnership with the Myer Foundation, the travel fund is intended to support emerging, midcareer and established Australian writers and literary sector workers. This includes writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers, employees and associates of literary organisations and journals, and other literary professionals currently living in Australia. Applicants can apply for grants between $2,000 and $10,000. Applications are open from 9am Wednesday March 11 and will close midday Wednesday April 15.
The judges for Round 6 are writer Krissy Kneen, editor Renée Otmar, and bookseller Jaclyn Crupi (Hill of Content). They will be looking for applications that demonstrate how strategic travel opportunities will benefit applicants' own writing practice, career development and/or the broader Australian literary sector. Travel activity for Round 6 must take place between 1 June 2020 and 31 May 2021.
Previous recipients include writer Robert Dessaix, awarded for invitations to the Kolkata, Chennai and Jaipur Literary Festivals in India; publisher Sam Cooney, awarded to meet with publishers, editors and agents in London and to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival; writer Josephine Wilson, awarded for a research trip to China to develop her creative non-fiction manuscript; and bookseller Michael Earp, awarded to attend a professional development conference on children's bookselling in New Orleans and a writing residency in Pennsylvania.
For further information on the Fund, including an application kit, information on what we learned from previous rounds, FAQs and T&Cs, and an online Q&A, please visit the Writers Victoria website.