Illustration by Aaron Billings

Applications are now open for our third Scissors Paper Pen Blogsite Residency.

What even is it: Scissors Paper Pen is giving our entire blog — all the posts — to one writer under 35 for a two month block. We want to give the gig to a writer who likes penning nonfiction in the form of: interviews, book reviews, and short articles/columns. The residency is open to writers who are yet to dip their toes in the nonfictional waters, too: we’re looking for someone with a flair for writing and a passion for a challenge. For an excellent example of some of the many things you could make of this residency, check out some of the writings of our first resident Joanna Pope, and second resident, Erin McCullagh. But having said that, we expect that each unique resident will make their residency uniquely unique.

What we give you: We supply you with books to review, events to attend (and review), we help you source people you might want to interview, we give you an editor to work with and pitch ideas to, we give you one weekly coffee at a coffee shop of your choice where you can go and write, and we give you this blog, the whole blog, and nothing but the blog to feature the thing you do best for two months.

What you do: Every week to two weeks, you produce a blog post, article or review which will go up on the Scissors Paper Pen blogsite. At the end of the two month residency you’ll have a neat repertoire of experience, some new connections and friends, and your writing will be orbiting the internet.

To apply, write an email to writetoscissorspaperpen@gmail.com. In it, tell us where you’re from, how old you are, and tell us why you’d like to be our writer in residence and what you’d want to do with the residency: do you have a topic or style you want to explore? We’d also love it if you pitched an idea to us for a piece in the email. If you have something you’ve written in the past (it doesn’t have to have been published) please attach it to your email, and press send.

Applications close at midnight Sunday April 13th. Any applications received after that will be kept for the next round of applications.

CONDITIONS: Scissors Paper Pen is a collective for writers under the age of 35 who live in the ACT region, which includes Yass, Young, Goulburn, Braidwood, Collector, Queanbeyan and them other close-by places. You can be a 15 year old regional school student and apply, you can be a 22 year old public servant and apply, you can be a 34 year old mechanic and apply.


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