The 2018 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 2018, 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 (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 Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Meanjin.

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 2018  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

CLOSING DATE FOR 2018 APPLICATIONS: midnight, 9th November, 2018
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

* 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

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

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