The Kit Denton Fellowship is a prestigious $30,000 fellowship presented by the Australian Writers’ Foundation in conjunction with Zapruder’s other films.
The purpose of the Kit Denton Fellowship is to promote courage, to champion bold and challenging ideas, and to reward talent and excellence in performance writing. It is presented annually to a writer who has shown courage in their work and demonstrated a willingness to challenge the status quo with their writing.
The fellowship was created in 2007 to honour the work and memory of Kit Denton, a respected and admired member of the writing community. Kit was a lifetime member of the Australian Writers’ Guild, a scriptwriter, author, poet and lyricist. His most famous work was The Breaker, an international best selling novel about the trial and execution of Breaker Morant.
The driving force behind the fellowship is Kit’s son Andrew Denton, whose production company Zapruder’s other films is amongst the industry sponsors who proudly support the award.
A fellowship of $30,000 is awarded to the selected writer allowing them to further develop a current project over six to eight months to be ready to present to the market. The $30,000 fellowship consists of a $25,000 cash prize and pro bono legal advice from TressCox Lawyers to the value of $5,000. The Fellow is be expected to produce a market ready script by the end of the 8 month period.