The Kat Muscat Fellowship

Express Media is honoured to present The Kat Muscat Fellowship, offering support and development for a young writer or editor.

The annual 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 Fellowship aims to continue Kat’s legacy and further develop the future of defiant and empathic young Australian writers and editors.

Kat’s writing embodied her personal mantra of feminism, empathy and defiance, and each year the recipient of the fellowship is asked to 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 Fellow is selected by the Custodial Committee of The Kat Muscat Fellowship, which includes members of Express Media’s board and staff, the Muscat family and appointed community members. Past recipients include Bri Lee (2016), Fury (2017), Ana Maria Gomides (2018), Liana Skrzypczak (2019), Maddie Godfrey (2020) and Dženana Vucic (2021).

The Fellowship is made possible with the generous support of the community and the Muscat family.


Join us for the 2022 Kat Muscat Family Luncheon! Tickets here


Dženana Vucic | 2021 Fellow

I am so grateful to the Kat Muscat Custodial committee, the Muscat family, and Express Media for this incredible opportunity. Kat Muscat was involved in the first Express Media program I ever participated in and offered me support at the very start of my writing career. I am deeply honoured for this opportunity to create work that embodies ‘feminism, defiance and empathy’ just as she did.


Maddie Godfrey | 2020 Fellow

Thank you endlessly to the Kat Muscat Custodial committee, the Muscat family, and Express Media’s incredible team for selecting me as the 2020 Kat Muscat Fellow.

(Image credit- Rachel Barrett)


Liana Skrzypczak | 2019 Fellow


Thank you to Express Media’s board, staff, the Muscat family, and appointed community members for entrusting this fellowship to me and my ambitious, square peg of a novel, The Lore of Jeju. I hope to be an advocate for Kat’s legacy – a legacy that reminds us how bold prose, brave ideas and fearless delivery can challenge accepted norms and bend the world better one word at a time.                

Ana Maria Gomides | 2018 Fellow

I am so grateful to have been offered this profoundly meaningful fellowship. Kat was a fierce person, editor, writer and activist. Being given the opportunity to contribute to her legacy is an honour that fuels the fire in my belly and my resolve to create something great. My vision is to create a book compilation of short stories, personal essays, and narrative non-fiction, that highlight our intergenerational experiences of womanhood, trauma and dispossession – but also of defiance, joy and triumph. We are Latinx, Black, Brown, First Nations Brazilian, and migrant women; some of us are queer, some mentally ill. […] I call my project Strange and Bitter Crop […] My hope is that one day Strange and Bitter Crop reaches the hands of a secondary student in Australia and she, too, is catapulted into her own journey of the Self.

Read Ana Maria Gomide’s work online

Fury | 2017 Fellow

It is a hushed fact that people who have received a grant or fellowship are more likely to receive another one. Something about one funding body putting faith in you lends credibility and assurance to other funding bodies. It is because of this that I believe my being awarded the Kat Muscat Fellowship greatly assisted in securing funding from the City of Melbourne for a separate project; a graphic novel. The Kat Muscat Fellowship is – and will be, going forward – an integral part of my being able to work, write and create professionally. This opportunity is not a singular opportunity in terms of my career, it is something that will continue to generate opportunity for me.

Check out Fury’s writing online

Bri Lee | 2016 inaugural Fellow

The Kat Muscat Fellowship changed my entire career trajectory. It put me on the map and helped me secure a literary agent which led to my signing with Allen & Unwin. More importantly though, it allowed me to pay two incredible mentors who helped me through the process of drafting my manuscript and who have continued to help me navigate the complexities of the writing life. I have no doubt that I would not be the writer I am today – either on paper or just for myself – without the fellowship. For anyone thinking of applying, please know that I almost didn’t, because of imposter syndrome. I didn’t know what the committee wanted, but felt sure it “wasn’t me”. If that sounds familiar, then know that it’s self-sabotage. Sit your butt in a chair and nail your application. It’s never a waste of time. You never know what might come of it.

Check out Bri Lee’s debut memoir Eggshell Skull (2018, Allen & Unwin)  


The Kat Muscat Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of our community. Please follow the link below to make a one-off or regular recurring donation to support the development of empathetic and defiant young writers and editors.


DEFIANCE, FEMINISM, EMPATHY: The Writing of Kat Muscat

Defiance, feminism, empathy. These were the principles that Kat Muscat lived by. This book is a tribute to a strong, angry, and vibrant young voice that was lost too soon, but through her work, will never be forgotten. In October 2018 we launched The Writing of Kat Muscat: a collection of Kat’s published works. You can buy a copy of the book in our online store.