Thiel Grant for Online Writing

Exciting news for all budding web writers! Melbourne teacher and blogger Philip Thiel has announced the inaugural $5000 Thiel Grant for Online Writing. This is a grant that’s very close to Thiel’s heart, as it is completely funded by his own salary (find out more about this here).

The brilliant initiative is designed to encourage and support creative online writing and highlight the ocean of talent out there in the world of online writine. Thiel’s passion is obvious when he speaks of the grant:

‘[Online writing] is often highly original and experimental, off-the-cuff or fragmented—and it’s nearly always written for free. The grant will give one writer the chance to have their online writing financially backed. It can be seen as a kind of commission for a series of posts exploring a single concept, and will suit writers who are already producing this kind of material online.’

The lucky grant recipient will, over one year, produce 50 posts on an agreed idea/theme and publish it on their own website. There are no restrictions on length, genre or style, just so long as the work is written for the web.

All submissions will be judged by Thiel, Writers Victoria director Kate Larsen and writer, blogger and The Five Mile Press commissioning editor Angela Meyer. The winner will be the person whose concept is deemed the most exciting and writing a standout.

Entries are open to Australian writers and close on 28 February, 2015, and the winner will announced in early March. To apply, click here.

Check out Philip Thiel’s blog at Teacher in the Rye.

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