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Westerly’s 2022-23 Writers’ Development Program and Mid-Career Fellowship

In partnership with the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and with the support of the Copyright Agency‘s Cultural Fund, Westerly Magazine is excited to announce the seventh year of our Writers’ Development Program and the third of our Mid-Career Fellowship!

The Westerly Writers’ Development Program began in 2016, annually supporting emerging Western Australian writers with mentoring and publishing opportunities. These writers will be selected for the Program on application, with selection based on merit. The Program will aim especially to engage with writers in rural and regional areas, as well as writers of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

Each writer will be provided with mentoring guidance and full editorial feedback on their manuscripts, consultation with a mentor, opportunities for career development with Westerly’s editors and a chance to publish their work in Westerly’s print and digital issues, and a discounted residency, including accommodation, at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre in the Perth Hills.

We have been delighted and impressed with the quality of participants work, which has been included in all our issues from Westerly 62.1 onwards. Our most recent participants, Emma Crook, Clare Testoni and Priya Kahlon, were featured in Westerly 67.1 and on the Westerly website.

Westerly’s Mid-Career Fellowship has been open from 2019 and offers support to two mid-career writers by advancing their careers through featured publication. Writers will produce an original prose work or poetic sequence for print and online publication in Westerly. Participants will be chosen based on merit and the submission of a concept for publication.

Each writer will be provided with a fellowship bursary of $2,000 and the opportunity for a discounted residency with the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre. In return, each participant will be expected to craft a substantial, bespoke original prose work or poetic sequence, to be published in upcoming print and digital editions of Westerly.

Our participants for 2022 were Scott-Patrick Mitchell and Caitlin Maling. Scott-Patrick presented three works of poetry, ‘November 15th, 2017 (a fragment)’, ‘drag this poem’, and ‘Rubber Room’, which were featured in Westerly 67.1 and online here. Caitlin’s new essay ‘The Poem in the Parrot, the Boy in the Bird’ has been released in our new issue Westerly 67.2, and will be featured online soon!

Both Programs are now open for new applications. To find out more, and to submit your application, please click here!

We are looking forward to working will all our selected writers for 2023.

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  1. Linda Adair says:

    Is this call out only for Western Australian writers? I live in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

    • Daniel Juckes says:

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for writing! The Writers’ Development Program and our Mid-Career Fellowship are both for WA writers.
      Very best wishes,

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