Thank you to all who submitted an application for the WestWords-Copyright Agency Western Sydney Fellowships. Applications are now closed!

Winners will be announced in early December.

The 2019 CA WestWords 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 2019, one of the Fellowships will be granted to an emerging writer specifically writing for children and/or young people.

Judges announced!

WestWords has locked in the 2019 WestWords-Copyright Agency Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowship judges!

David Adès was born in Adelaide of Egyptian Jewish parents. He is a poet and short story writer. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who moved to Sydney in 2016 after living for five years in Pittsburgh. He has been a member of Adelaide’s Friendly Street Poets since 1979 and is the author of Mapping the World (commended for the Anne Elder Award 2008) and the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal. He is also curator of WestWords’ Poet’s Corner.
Michael Campbell – WestWords representative
Michael has also worked across the arts in various other capacities including as an artistic director, director, choreographer, artistic co-ordinator, producer, events manager, librettist, writer, editor, and dancer. In 2004 he directed the opera Madeline Lee, which he also co-wrote, and was nominated for seven Helpmann Awards. In 2018 he was a member of the Western Sydney Arts, Screen and Culture Roundtable and served on the Creative Arts and Humanities panel for Australia Research Council’s inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment.  In August 2019 Michael was appointed to the inaugural Create NSW Artform Literature Advisory Board.
Mathilda is the publisher of Picador Australia, based in Sydney. In 2012 she co-founded London independent publisher Head of Zeus, and she has worked as a publisher and editor in Britain and Australia for the past eleven years.
Stephen Measday is much loved at home in Australia and internationally for his adventurous and humorous children’s novels. He is also an award-winning scriptwriter for television shows including Blue Heelers, HI-5, Rowan of Rin and A Country Practice amongst others.

The successful applicants will be announced in early December. 


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


The Fellowships are made possible by the generous support of the
Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency.