4 May 2018
The Wheeler Centre has launched The Next Chapter, an unprecedented new way of supporting emerging writers.
Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – there are aspiring writers with stories to tell. But getting those stories heard is not easy. And the commercial market is not always the best place for a writer to develop their skills and hone their craft.
The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter will elevate the Australian stories that aren’t being published – and to nurture a new generation of writers, from all sorts of backgrounds, to tell them.
Each year, The Next Chapter judges will pick ten outstanding writers and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. The scheme will match them with a mentor who will work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with peers, publishers and readers. If their work finds publication, the Wheeler Centre will then work with the successful publisher to support getting the books into the hands of new readers.
The inaugural Next Chapter judges include Benjamin Law, Ellen van Neervan and Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Writers will be assessed on a writing sample, a 300 word or less pitch and a one-page letter of support from someone who can vouch for the entrant’s commitment to writing.
Applications and nominations close 5pm Friday 13 July 2018.