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Westerly Writers' Development Program - applications open!

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In partnership with Margaret River Press and with the support of The Copyright Agencys Cultural Fund, Westerly Magazine is excited to announce their inaugural Writers’ Development Program!

Commencing from August 2016, the Program will offer support to emerging writers, and aid them in developing work for publication in Westerly.

Four writers 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, including a workshop offered in conjunction with the Program by ECU (South West),
  • 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.


Important details before submitting:

  • Applications are restricted to Western Australian authors who have not yet had a full-length book publication (fiction or poetry).
  • Submissions will be via the Westerly online portal only, and open Monday June 20th.
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday July 15th. Submission requirements can be found via the website.

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