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Applications are now open for the Scissors Paper Pen Blogsite Residency program!

What even is it: Scissors Paper Pen is giving the blog to one writer under 35 for a two month block. We want to give the gig to a writer who likes penning nonfiction and/or fiction in the form of: interviews, book reviews, short articles, memoir, poetry, short stories or prose poems. The residency is open to writers who are yet to dip their toes in the nonfiction or fiction waters as well as to those with a bit of writing experience and a strong agenda. 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. Or check out the engrossing work of Jacinta Mulders and Lizzie Fewster. But having said that, we anticipate that each resident will make their residency uniquely theirs.

What we give you: You’ll get to work with an SPP editor who will help you with your work from conception to finished product. You’ll get feedback on your work as well as someone to pitch your ideas to. As much as possible we will provide you with books to review, events to attend (and review) and to help you source people you might want to interview. We are also offering the writer $100, that’s whether you write a short weekly piece or a few longer, in-depth pieces. Most importantly, we’ll 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 two weeks or so, you produce a blog post, article, story 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.

Applications: 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. 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.

Closing date: Applications close at midnight Friday the 21st of October. Any applications received after that may be kept for next time.

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. Importantly, we especially welcome applications from minority groups. Scissors Paper Pen prides its self on creating safe spaces for marginalised voices to be read and heard.

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