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About The Kat Muscat Fellowship

With the generous support of the Muscat family and the broader community, Express Media is honoured to present the 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.

Kat Muscat was a brilliant young mind of the Australian writing community, whose formidable talent was demonstrated extensively through her incisive writing and perceptive editing. Kat was an integral part of the Express Media community for many years, before stepping up to become Editor of Voiceworks from 2012 – 2014. Throughout her 10 years with Express Media, Kat helped to shape the careers of young writers and editors from all around Australia.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of defiance, feminism and empathy, and the recipient of the Fellowship will take up her notion of challenge: exploring bold subjects, thinking deeply and critically about the world and the culture we consume, and reflecting and building on the craft of writing or editing.

The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 for an editorial project or work of writing by a young person of an underrepresented gender. The work must respond to the above values and provocation, continuing Kat’s legacy and further developing the future of defiant and empathetic young Australian writers and editors.

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a person of an underrepresented gender or sex. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, intersex people, gender diverse and those who are otherwise marginalised.
  • Be aged 16 to 30 at the commencement of the fellowship on 22 March 2021
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • Propose a suitable project that aligns with the theme of ‘Challenge’, and the values of Express Media and The Kat Muscat Fellowship.

The committee is evolving and so is the language we use for the fellowship. In regards to gender eligibility for this fellowship, if you feel this should include you but doesn’t, please get in touch (details below).

What Can I Apply For?
The Kat Muscat Fellowship offers professional development up to the value of $5,000 in 2021. These funds may be used towards professional development opportunities, including, but not limited to: mentoring, residencies, interstate travel, or project fees.

A proposed budget must be submitted as part of the application process, and the final budget will be developed in consultation with Express Media.  

Selection Criteria

 These must be directly addressed in your application

  •  Vision: What is your idea and proposed project?
  • Impact: What impact will the Kat Muscat Fellowship have on your artistic practice and career, and what is the potential impact of your project on the wider community?
  • Capacity: What relevant experience or track record have you demonstrated, or how can you outline your personal and creative potential to make this project happen?
  • Feasibility: How will you realise or execute your proposed project, and is it achievable within the budget and timeframe of the Fellowship? Please include a brief budget to indicate how the funds will be used and if you have secured other funding for this project. If you would like to use our budget template you can download that in Word format here

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, will select successful applications.


The successful applicant will be required to submit a brief update in October 2021. At the completion of the fellowship, the successful applicant will be required to provide a report on the activity undertaken throughout the year.

This report will be retained for Express Media and the Muscat family for their records and may be used to promote the Fellowship in future years. Guidelines for reporting will be provided to the fellowship recipient by Express Media.

How To Apply
Applications will only be accepted from individual writer and editors, and not collectives, groups or existing publications.

Your application must include:

  1.  A 1-page CV outlining your previous experience as a writer or editor. This CV must include the names and contact details of at least 2 referees. 
  2. A statement detailing your project or idea that addresses each of the Selection Criteria, to a maximum of 2 pages. You must address each criterion under a separate heading.
  3.  A brief budget. There is no set template, but an example can be downloaded here
  4. An excerpt or example of your work up to 1000 words.   
  • For writers, this may be an excerpt from a longer work, a completed short work, or a suite of poems.
  • For editors, this may include an editorial, statement of intent for the project, or example of work that demonstrates your skills in curation, assessment, and feedback (i.e. the before and after of an edited work).

 Your application may also include up to 3 letters of support from peers, colleagues or other professionals of standing that, if relevant, demonstrate how the supporter would be involved in your project.

Applications close  11.59pm Sunday 10 January 2021.

Terms and Conditions

  1.  Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 10 January 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
  2. Applicants are limited to one submission per year.
  3. All members currently serving on the Express Media Management Committee and all paid, permanent staff of Express Media are ineligible to enter.
  4. Submissions will be acknowledged by email on receipt.
  5. Application materials will not be returned.
  6. Express Media may contact you for further information in relation to your application and project proposal.
  7. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposal by Friday 26 February 2021.
  8. The successful applicant will work with Express Media and the Custodial Committee to shape and deliver the development plan for their fellowship, beginning in March 2021.
  9. Any re-negotiation of activity to be undertaken as part of the Fellowship will be agreed to in consultation with Express Media and the Custodial Committee.
  10. The successful applicant will be required to provide a short report on the activities undertaken during the fellowship no later than once month after the completion of the fellowship. They will also be required to provide a very short progress report in October 2021. Guidelines for these reports will be provided by Express Media.
  11. The successful applicant will acknowledge the support of The Kat Muscat Fellowship in future publication or dissemination of the work developed throughout the fellowship.
  12. An extract of the applicant’s work or a section of their final report may be published on the Express Media blog.
  13. The successful applicant agrees to take part in events and media activities that promote the Fellowship and future fundraising activities.
  14. The Custodial Committee may decide not to award the prize if they do not believe any of the entries to be of a suitable standard.

 Further Information
Do you have a question regarding your application? Please contact Express Media by email at info@expressmedia.org.au .

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