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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: PRESENTERS GINA RILEY AND JANE TURNER. ‘Look at Moi!’ Kim’s muffin top seems to have expanded and Kath Day-Night is only just keeping it together with her fashionable new look. GINA RILEY, a superb mimic, has enjoyed enormous success as Kim Craig and Trude in ‘Kath and Kim’. She also works a lot with Magda Szubanksi – and why wouldn’t you pet? In the 2000s, JANE TURNER received accolades for her performance as Kath Day-Knight, and occasionally Prue, in ‘Kath and Kim’, the situation comedy series that she created, wrote, produced, and starred in alongside her long-time friend and collaborator, Gina Riley. ‘Kath and Kim’ became the most successful ABC syndicated show in Australian television history. Of course, both women were well known to Australian TV audiences long before that, with hilarious performances in ‘Fast Forward’ and its successors ‘Full Frontal’ and ‘Big Girl’s Blouse’, as well as ‘Something Stupid’. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)

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On these pages you will find competitions and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.  

In this section we list competitions open to writers of prose and poetry. Detailed information poetry is listed below. Entries are in date order and those with deadlines looming are highlighted in red. 

  • The NYU JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP OPEN (WORLDWIDE) provides international journalists with two semesters of funding to study at one of the master’s programs at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a US$14,000 stipend. Applications close on Friday, 4 January 2019.
  • Applications are now open for the summer 2019 SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOWSHIP. The fellowship starts on 27 May and ends on 30 August 2019. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship. Applications close: Friday, 11 January 2019.
  • Applications are now open for THE KAT MUSCAT FELLOWSHIP 2019. Express Media offers support and development for a young writer or editor with a Fellowship that offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young woman or non-binary person. Applications close on Sunday, 20 January 2019.

 

Who: NJU Journalism

What: NYU JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP OPEN (WORLDWIDE)

Entries close: Friday, 4 January 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at https://ijnet.org/en/opportunity/nyu-journalism-fellowship-open-worldwide. Find More information here.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. Journalists with at least two years of experience and fluency in English and at least one other language can apply for a fellowship in New York. The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University (NYU) is seeking applications for the NYU JOURNALISM FELLOWSHIP OPEN (WORLDWIDE)

Fellows can choose one of nine concentrations: business and economic reporting; cultural reporting and criticism; global and joint program studies; literary reportage; magazine writing; news and documentary; reporting the nation and New York; science, health and environmental reporting; and Studio 20.

Candidates must also complete the application for the graduate program of their choice. The GRE and TOEFL are required tests for admission to NYU. Applicants have until Friday, 4 January 2019 to take their tests.  

The Opportunity: The fellowship provides international journalists with two semesters of funding to study at one of the master’s programs at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, as well as a US$14,000 stipend.

 

Who: The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

What: SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOWSHIP (OPEN WORLDWIDE)

Applications close: Friday, 11 January 2019.

Contact: For guidelines and the application form visit the website at http://www.iiasa.ac.at/web/home/about/workingatiiasa/vacancies/2019_Sci_Com_Fellow.html. To apply, please email the documents outlined on the website to Ms. Alia Harrison, Recruitment Coordinator, Human Resources Department, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis at harrison@iiasa.ac.at.   

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening:The Rules. Applications are now open for the summer 2019 SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOWSHIP. The fellowship starts on 27 May and ends on 30 August 2019. The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship. 

IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the 21st century. Their findings provide valuable options to policymakers to shape the future of our changing world.

IIASA is independent and funded by scientific institutions in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. For general information about the institute and its research activities, please visit the IIASA Website.

The science communication fellow will gain experience in communicating complex systems science for a general audience through a variety of platforms including blogs, website content, video, and articles for their magazine, Options. The successful candidate will work in the IIASA Communications Department, assisting with a variety of tasks including editorial work, web publishing, media relations, event coverage, multimedia, social media, and other communication activities.

The fellow will also work closely with participants in the IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), producing several pieces of work covering research from the program.

Eligibility: A Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program. Applicants from all countries are welcome, but IIASA gives priority to citizens or residents of countries in which IIASA has a National Member Organization. We encourage applications from developing countries.

Qualifications: Experience in writing about science for the general public via blogs, newspapers, university web sites, or other outlets. Written and oral fluency in English and proven ability to understand complex scientific research. Experience with or interest in social media, video, photography, or other multimedia is a plus.

The Fellowship: The fellowship covers the cost of travel to and from Vienna and the awardee’s home country at the beginning and end of the fellowship, as well as a modest stipend to offset living expenses during the period of the fellowship. The stipend is 4 EUR4,000 (US$4,530) for the three months. IIASA does not provide housing or additional funding for housing. 

 

Who: Express Media.

What: 2019 KAT MUSCAT FELLOWSHIP

Entries close: Sunday, 20 January 2019.

Contact: Visit the website at https://expressmedia.org.au/programs/the-kat-muscat-fellowship for info, and https://expressmedia.submittable.com/submit/123792/the-2019-kat-muscat-fellowship to submit. Do you have a question regarding your application? Please contact Express Media’s Creative Producer, Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, by email on creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au or by phone (03) 9094 7887.

Submissions will be acknowledged by email on receipt, but application materials will not be returned so keep a copy. Express Media may contact you for further information in relation to your application and project proposal. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Friday 22 February 2019.

Cost: NIL to apply.

What’s happening: The Rules. Applications are now open for THE KAT MUSCAT FELLOWSHIP 2019. With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present the, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.The successful applicant will work with Express Media and the Custodial Committee to shape and deliver the development plan for their fellowship, beginning in March 2019.

KAT MUSCAT was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012–2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young female-identifying or non-binary person. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian women.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must be a woman or non-binary person, aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship in March 2019, an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia, and propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.

The Fellowship: The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3,000 in 2019. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees. The final budget will be developed in consultation with, and managed by, Express Media.

 

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THE 2018 AACTA AWARDS: Rather fittingly, Kath and Kim presented the 2018 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY to Australian comedian and writer HANNAH GADSBY for ‘Nanette’. Hannah’s stand-up performances address small town life, art history, dysfunctional parents (we hear you), homosexuality, homophobia, mental illness and trauma. Not a barrel of laughs, you might say, but it’s not what she says – it’s the way that she says it. Hannah’s Netflix stand-up special ‘Nanette’, filmed at the Sydney Opera House, brought her to the attention of international audiences and her live performances and video of the work have received much critical praise. Hannah was born in Tasmania and, after life as a promising perpetual student, graduated from the Australian National University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Curatorship. Naturally, with those qualifications in the bag, she then went on to work as a cinema projectionist and a tree planter. Hannah finally settled on comedy, but still presents documentary specials, gives talks on art, and opens the odd exhibition. She performed ‘Hannah Gadsby: Arts Clown’, a series for BBC Radio 4 based on her comedy art shows. Can’t get enough of her. (Photos by L.J. May)