Melbourne Writers Festival Creative Writing Prize

One annual award to the highest ranked 3rd year Creative Writing student who continues onto Honours in Creative Writing or the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Single payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

up to $1,000

Applicable study areas

Language, literature and cultural studies

Number of scholarships awarded


  • Magenta Sheridan
    "I am surprised and humbled to be recognised for my work and to receive this prize. Being awarded this prize fuels my passion to strive to work in the arts and continue my study in Creative Writing. It has immeasurably improved my confidence in myself and my work. The prize will help me reach my goals and aid my transition from study into the creative industry. I would also like to thank the University of Melbourne which provided me with a fostering and inspiring environment in which I can think freely and express myself."
    - Magenta Sheridan
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • have achieved the best overall result in the third year Creative Writing program and continued into the fourth year Honours Creative Writing program or the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.
  • Application process

    There is no application process. The prize is awarded based on merit and the successful recipient will be notified via email.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    The award will be announced as soon as practical after the March 31 census date.

  • About the donor

    Melbourne Writers Festival

    The Melbourne Writers Festival supports this prize in partnership with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

What are the benefits?

A Melbourne Writers Festival Premium Pass and $1,000


For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.