Mother Tongues Writers’ Residency – Incubate Artist Studios

Bankstown Arts Centre and the Sydney Review of Books invite applications from women and non-binary writers from Western Sydney for a four-week residency at the Incubate Artists Studios. This residency, which coincides with International Women’s Day 2019, is an opportunity for a writer to produce a substantial piece of non-fiction for publication on the Sydney Review of Books. It will allow the writer to develop a site-specific practice and to have their work published alongside Australia’s best writers.

Applicants will develop an essay that draws on the rich and diverse heritage of the Bankstown area, and are encouraged to take cues from the history of the studio space in which they will work. The studios are located on the site of the former Bankstown Women’s Rest Centre, a place that drew together women from the many communities of the Bankstown area. This being the case, we are particularly interested in multilingual writing that drawn on and reflects the multicultural and multilingual population and history of Bankstown.

The resulting essay will form part of an ongoing portfolio of essays on place published on the Sydney Review of Books. Our place essayists have drawn on history, memoir, urban studies, literary history and other disciplinary tools to explore relationships between place and culture. You can read examples of their work here.

This is a residency for women and non-binary writers. To apply, writers will submit a >300w EOI outlining how they will approach this project and a brief cover letter that maps their writing experience, relationship to Western Sydney, and interest in this project.  The successful applicant will workshop their pitch and process with the SRB editor before taking up the residency; they will work the draft essay into its final published form with the SRB editor at the conclusion of the residency. We’re looking for pitches that are rooted in the physical and social geography of Bankstown from writers who will benefit from working in place at the Incubate Artists Studios.

The successful applicant will receive a $1200 stipend, desk space for four weeks at the Incubate Artists Studio in Bankstown in February 2018, editorial oversight and publication on the Sydney Review of Books. There will also be opportunities for showcasing the work produced at a number of Bankstown Arts Centre events during 2019.

The applications will be read and judged by a selection panel composed of SRB and Bankstown Arts Centre representatives.

Applications due: 29 November 2018.

Apply via Submittable.

Send any queries to SRB editor Catriona Menzies-Pike on