2019 Western Sydney
Emerging Writers’ Fellowships

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.

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 click here (published 2017 by Hachette), Maryam Azam whose debut poetry collection The Hijab Files click here was published by Giramondo in 2018, essayists Sheila Pham and Eda Gunaydin whose work went on to be published in Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Meanjin, Chloe Higgins whose debut novel The Girls has just been published by Pan Macmillan click here and Joseph Chebatte whose short film Entrenched which he developed and went onto to direct has just been and released online click here 

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 November 2019  and be able to demonstrate a strong and 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

9am, 4th November, 2019
Guidelines: CA WW WS Emerging Writers Fellowships_guidelines
Application form: CA WW WS Emerging Writers Fellowships_application form

For more information:
p 02 8677 4815
e admin@westwords.com.au

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

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.