The 2021 CA WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers from the Greater Western Sydney region.

Closing Date: 9 am 16th August 2021

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. One of the Fellowships will be granted to an emerging writer specifically writing for children and/or young people. Illustrators with a demonstrated interest in the narrative through visual media may also apply. As part of your Fellowship you will receive a tailored program of mentorship over a 6-9month period.

From 2020 Fellow Emma Sandham-O’Neill:
I can’t thank WestWords and my mentor Simmone Howell enough for this opportunity. This 6-month pivot in my work, and in my journey as a writer, has been absolutely vital and I can honestly say that without it my draft would have little hope of publication.

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, 2019 Fellow Fiona Murphy’s The Shape of Sound (Text) was published earlier this year.

Previous mentors from the past two years have included Maxine Beneba Clarke, Melina Marchetta, Judith Beveridge, Campbell McKenzie and Jessica White.

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 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: 9am 16th August 2021
Guidelines: 2021 CA-WW-WS-Emerging-Writers-Fellowships_guidelines
Application form: 2021 CA-WW-WS-Emerging-Writers-Fellowships_application-form

For more information:

* 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.