The annual Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $3000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person. Now in its third year, the Fellowship aims to continue Kat’s legacy and further develop the future of defiant and empathic young Australian women.
‘The Kat Muscat Fellowship changed my entire career trajectory,’ says Bri Lee, recipient of the 2016 Fellowship. ‘It helped me secure a literary agent, which led to my signing with Allen & Unwin. More importantly though, it allowed me to pay two incredible mentors who helped me draft my manuscript and navigate the complexities of the writing life. I would not be the writer I am today without the Fellowship.’
The 2017 Fellow, Fury, similarly acknowledges the value of mentorship. ‘A writer's work is often solitary, so having a voice in my ear affirming, challenging, encouraging and guiding me has given me strength to develop faster and with more confidence as a writer,’ Fury said. ‘That, for me, has been the real gift.’
Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of Express Media for many years, before becoming Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 to 2014. Throughout her ten years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the career of young writers and editors from all around Australia.
Applicants must be female identifying or non-binary, and aged between 16 to 30 at the commencement of the Fellowship.
The Kat Muscat Fellow is selected by the Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Legacy Projects, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members.
The Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of the community and the Muscat family.
Applications are open now until 11.59pm, Sunday 14 January 2018.
For information on selection criteria and how to apply, visit expressmedia.org.au/programs/the-kat-muscat-fellowship