Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2019

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are back for 2019 – once again made possible by the generous support of the Readings Foundation. Twenty-four writers will be offered fellowships throughout the year. For the third year, an additional Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright, with thanks to the Just Pretending theatre group.

In 2019, in partnership with the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, and Copyright Agency, we’re excited to announce an additional three fellowships for regional or interstate writers. These fellowships are available to three writers who, by their location, could not ordinarily participate in the professional development initiative, and include accommodation for five weeks at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton, as well as travel to and from Melbourne.

The 24 fellowships, which include a stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a ten-week period, have been created simply to give emerging writers the space to write and create. Hot Desk fellows will also have the opportunity to meet, network and work with the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations including Writers’ Victoria, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Australian Poetry, Express Media, Small Press Network and the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.

In addition, Hot Desk Fellowships introduce emerging writers and their work to the public – we will feature all our writers and their projects on our website, as well as in a special Hot Desk Edition of The Next Big Thing series. In 2018, several of our Hot Desk fellows were approached by publishers and agents interested in their work, with many alumni having been published since their involvement in the program.

Join a community of creativity, as well as having the productive space of a desk of your own.

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Successful applicants were announced in April here.


Applications have closed for 2019. Hot Desk Fellowships will take place during the intake periods below:

  • Monday 29 April 2019 to Friday 5 July 2019
  • Monday 8 July 2019 to Friday 13 September 2019
  • Monday 16 September 2019 to Friday 22 November 2019


  1. Successful applicants will receive a dedicated hot desk at the Wheeler Centre for a specified period and a stipend of $1000.

  2. In addition to the 20 Fellowships supported by the Readings Foundation, the Just Pretending Playwright Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright.

  3. In 2019, three additional Fellowships will be offered to regional or interstate writers who, by their location, could not ordinarily participate in the professional development initiative. The fellowships will include five weeks accommodation at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton, an additional $2000 living away from home allowance, and travel to and from Melbourne.

  4. Each Hot Desk fellowship lasts for a period of ten weeks. Writers are encouraged to use their hot desk space as frequently as possible during this period, but are not required to be in the space full-time. Fellows will be required to attend a compulsory induction at the start of the fellowship, and will be expected to use their hot desk at least one day per week.

  5. The Norma Redpath studio is only available for the last five weeks of each ten-week Hot Desk fellowship period. If a selected writer would like to be in Melbourne for the entire ten  weeks of the Hot Desk Fellowship, hot desk space at the Wheeler Centre will be available; however, they will need to organise their own accommodation in Melbourne for the first five weeks. Additional funding for further accommodation is not available.

  6. Fellowships will be offered on the strength and merit of each application.

  7. Fellowships are offered to writers in order to produce a specific piece of work, either in full or in part, during their time at the Wheeler Centre.

  8. The Wheeler Centre reserves the right to publish all or part of the project descriptions of successful fellows on our website, or in other Wheeler Centre publications. On request, successful applicants agree to provide a photograph for publicity purposes, and agree to the Wheeler Centre publishing approximately 500 words from their work-in-progress on its website.

  9. Successful fellows agree to enter into discussion regarding publishing completed projects on the Wheeler Centre’s website, although copyright will remain with the fellowship recipient.

  10. Payment of the stipend will be made in two parts – one payment to be made at the commencement of the fellowship, and one upon its completion with the recipient’s submission of their work in progress, to appear on the Wheeler Centre’s website.

  11. The Wheeler Centre will endeavour to offer a fellowship to an applicant during the intake period they have requested, but cannot guarantee this.

  12. Applicants who have previously received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship are ineligible in 2019.

  13. Wheeler Centre staff, Wheeler Centre Resident Organisation staff, and Readings Head Office staff are ineligible for consideration for a 2019 Hot Desk Fellowship, but are eligible to participate in the professional and creative development opportunities that will run as part of the 2019 Fellowship programme.

  14. The sample of writing must be supplied in PDF form, should provide an example of your proposed project, and must use the following naming convention: surname_initial_title.pdf

  15. Applications close at 5.00 pm on Monday 4 March 2019. Late applications will not be considered for selection.

  16. The selection panel’s decision is final.


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