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Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers

Open to mid-career writers, this fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity and social justice issues.

Applications open on 17 July 2023 and close 5.00pm AWST 11 September 2023. 

Centre for Stories is pleased to announce the third year of the Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli Fellowship for Writers, supported by generous donors Baden Offord, John Ryan, Christopher Macfarlane and Centre for Stories’ founders John and Caroline Wood.

Open to mid-career writers, the fellowship is awarded to someone in recognition of their literary achievements and commitment to humanity demonstrated through their active participation and engagement in social justice issues. Applicants must be under the age of 40 and identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, living with a disability, or culturally and linguistically diverse.

The $13,500 fellowship will include a workspace at Centre for Stories in Northbridge, WA; access and use of Centre for Stories library and resources and ability to attend our workshops and events.

The fellowship will take place over any three-month period prior to June 2024.

Submit your application in the form below. Please read the fellowship guidelines before applying.

For enquiries, including questions regarding access needs, get in touch:

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained national and international recognition as a writer, researcher, lecturer and consultant in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, with a specific focus on adolescence and young people.

Maria Pallota-Chiarolli Fellowship

Meet our Fellows

  • 2022 – Sam Wallman

    Sam is a comics-journalist, writer and illustrator whose first comic book explored the history and promise of collective action through unions. In 2023, he will be working on a long-form comic exploring different principles that might guide political organising.

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  • 2021 – Aisyah Shah Idil

    Aisyah is the author of The Naming (2019) and her writing critiques literary and social acts of translation, erasure and decontextualisation. Her project was about deepening Australian conversations on social justice and human rights.

    Learn more
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