Update: Applications for the Thiel Grant have now closed.
The Thiel Grant for Online Writing supports inventive writing for the internet. Recipients of the $5000 award commit to producing 50 posts on an agreed concept over a 12-month period. Australian online writers of all genres are encouraged to apply.
Criteria for selection
- Quality of idea. Unique and original concepts are encouraged. Projects should be sustainable, maintaining interest over 50 posts. (Assessed by 150-word pitch.)
- Quality of writing. Applicants with strong existing online and social media writing will be favoured, although this need not be extensive. (Assessed by link/s to applicant’s writing available online.)
Applications for the inaugural grant are open until the 28th of February, 2015. A panel of judges will review the applications and announce the recipient in March. The panel comprises Philip Thiel, Kate Larsen (poet, writer, arts manager and current Director of Writers Victoria) and Angela Meyer (writer, long-term blogger at @LiteraryMinded, and commissioning editor for The Five Mile Press). Pending agreement, the recipient’s posts will begin appearing on their own site from the 1st of April, 2015.
The grant is funded by Philip Thiel. Posts in the project will include a footer that reads “this post was supported by a Thiel Grant for Online Writing” incorporating a link to this website. Copyright remains with the writer and work will not be reproduced without their consent. The grant will be paid in two stages upon agreement with the recipient – $2500 at the commencement of the project and at the halfway mark of the 25th post.
Enquiries about the grant are welcome – contact Philip at this website or via Twitter.
Please share widely and encourage online writers you admire to pitch their project by the end of Feb!