2017 WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships!
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The 2017 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers aged 16 years and over from the Greater Western Sydney region. In 2017, one of the Fellowships will be granted for an emerging writer specifically writing for children and/or young people. The Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency.
Previous recipients from the past two years have included Peter Polites who worked on the manuscript for his debut novel Down the Hume (published 2017 by Hachette), Maryam Azam whose poetry collection will be published by Giramondo in 2018, and essayists Sheila Pham and Eda Gunaydin whose work went on to be published in Southerly.
Previous mentors from the past two years have included Maxine Beneba Clarke, Melina Marchetta, Judith Beveridge, Bryan Brown, Sara Knox and Walter Mason.
What previous recipients have said:
Without WestWords there would be no book.
Peter Polites: 2015 Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellow
WestWords is an organisation that truly puts its money where its mouth is with regards to empowering people from Western Sydney in the arts, and strengthening our community. Every young writer from Western Sydney that I’ve spoken to knows about, and wants, this Fellowship! This opportunity has opened more doors for me, as well as for many Fellows who have come before me, than any other opportunity I’ve had in my career.
Eda Gunaydin: 2016 Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellow
This rare opportunity to be mentored by my favourite Australian author is both exciting and invaluable, and has helped me develop my manuscript through the expertise and feedback of my mentor Melina Marchetta.
Tamar Chnorhokian: 2016 Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellow
What is the WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship?
The Fellowships support the artistic development of creators of literature (ie new writers) from Greater Western Sydney to fulfil the following objectives:
• provide professional development and income to writers from Greater Western Sydney
• strengthen the professional writing community in western Sydney
• support literature development and appreciation among young people in western Sydney
• engage the young people of western Sydney in cultural activity around books and writing.
There are three parts to each Fellowship:
1. Development of your work as a writer
2. Mentorship opportunities
3. Working with young people in western Sydney
Got questions? Send us an email at email@example.com.
The Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships are made possible through
a grant from the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency