The fellowships have now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied. We look forward to reading your applications.


The 2020 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 2020, one of the Fellowships will be granted to an emerging writer specifically writing for children and/or young people.

Closing Date: midnight, 7th September, 2020

The Fellowships are open to emerging writers* working in genres including fiction, non-fiction, journalism, poetry and song lyrics, writing for performance, writing online or new media and other forms of creative writing. Illustrators and graphic designers with a demonstrated interest in narrative through visual media may also apply. As part of your Fellowship you will receive a tailored program of mentorship.

Previous recipients have included Peter Polites who worked on the manuscript for his debut novel Down the Hume (published 2017 by Hachette), Chloe Higgins’ The Girls (2019, Picador) went on to be shortlisted and was a winner in the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize, Zoe Ghani and Fiona Murphy who were both shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Prize have just secured 2021 publication for their manuscripts.

Previous mentors from the past two years have included Maxine Beneba Clarke, Melina Marchetta, Judith Beveridge, Bryan Brown, Sara Knox and Walter Mason.

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

Applicants must be 16 years or over at 1st October 2020 and be able to demonstrate a strong and/or recent connection to the Greater Western Sydney region.

You may:

  • have been born and raised in Greater Western Sydney
  • have lived in Greater Western Sydney for more than 2 years
  • have worked in the region for a substantial length of time and within the past 5 years

Closing Date: midnight, 7th September, 2020
Guidelines: 2021 CA-WW-WS-Emerging-Writers-Fellowships_guidelines

For more information:
p 02 8677 4815

* Emerging is defined as in the first five years of their practice as a writer.


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