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Westerly Writers' Development Program

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 In partnership with Margaret River Press and with the support of The Copyright Agency‘s Cultural Fund, Westerly Magazine is excited to announce the second year of their Writers’ Development Program!

The Westerly Writers’ Development Program began in 2016, supporting five Western Australian writers with mentoring and publishing opportunities. They were impressed with the quality of their participants’ work and they are sure that the publication of their writing in Westerly 62.1 will lead to further success for their participants.

Commencing in September 2017, the Program will offer support to emerging writers, and aid them in developing work for publication in Westerly.

Four writers from Western Australia will be selected for the program on application, with selection based on merit. The Program will aim especially to engage with writers in rural and regional areas, as well as writers of culturally and linguistically distinct backgrounds (including Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander writers).

Each writer will be provided with:

  • Full editorial feedback on up to two short fiction or poetry manuscripts, from a relevant professional author/editor,
  • A supporting two hours of consultation with that author/editor,
  • Professional advice on career development with Westerly’s editor, Dr. Catherine Noske,
  • The chance to publish in Westerly Magazine’s blog, with an online reach of several thousand*,
  • The publication in Westerly Magazine’s print issue of a piece of writing developed in the Program*,
  • The opportunity to participate in Westerly events,
  • And the opportunity of a short residency with Margaret River Press in Margaret River.

*Writers in the Program will be recompensed for all material published in Westerly, both in print and online, as per Westerly’s general policy.

To allow for writers from rural and regional areas, the Program will offer consultation either via Skype or face-to-face, and will award each participant with a modest travel stipend for use in contribution to their writing development as they choose. The Writers’ Development Program will run for four months.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Applicants must be Western Australian. This could mean they are living in Western Australia, writing in Western Australia or consider themselves to be Western Australian. Applicants will be required to establish their link to Western Australia in the biographical section of the application form.
  • Applicants must be emerging writers and must not have published a book or collection of their own.
  • Previous participants of the program are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants will be assessed by a panel of assessors, based on merit.
  • Work must be submitted in either word or PDF format. Work that has been published elsewhere will be considered.
  • An entry fee of $10.00 will be required to submit an application.
  • The decision of the judges is final; no correspondence will be entered into and no individual feedback will be provided.
  • By submitting your entry you agree to the program Terms and Conditions.

Further information can found on their website here.


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