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Writers’ Development Program and Mid-Career Fellowship

Submissions for 2020-21 are now open. Read everything and proceed below!

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

The Westerly Writers’ Development Program began in 2016, supporting five Western Australian writers with mentoring and publishing opportunities. The Program has now been offered and delivered on four occasions, and we have been delighted and impressed with the quality of the participants’ work in Westerly 62.1, Westerly 63.1, Westerly 64.1, Westerly 65.1 and on the Westerly website. We are sure that the publication of their writing will lead to further success for all our participants!

This year we are excited to also launch the Mid-Career Fellowshipopen to mid-career writers from Western Australia, which will run concurrently with the Writers’ Development Program. The Fellowship will be offered to two participants, who will receive support advancing their careers further, and see their work developed as print features, one in Westerly 66.1, and one in Westerly 66.2.

Writers’ Development Program

Commencing in November 2020, the Program will offer support to emerging writers, and aid them in developing work for publication in Westerly. Three writers from Western Australia 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 up to two short fiction or poetry manuscripts, from a relevant professional author/editor,
  • A supporting two hours of consultation with that author/mentor,
  • Opportunities for career development with Westerly’s editors and a network of professional writers/editors,
  • The chance to publish in Westerly Magazine’s blog, with an online reach of several thousand,
  • The publication in Westerly Magazine’s print issue of a piece or pieces of writing developed in the Program,
  • The opportunity to participate in Westerly events, including professional development events,
  • And the opportunity of a short residency, including accommodation, with Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre.

As part of their commitment to the Program, each participant will be expected to:

  • Engage in a professional working relationship with their mentor, including through email and one-on-one consultations (the Program will offer consultations via Zoom or similar for writers from rural and regional areas, if necessary),
  • Participate in a professional development event or events (the Program will facilitate participation via Zoom or similar for writers from rural and regional areas, if necessary),
  • Take up (as feasible) their residency with Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre to develop their writing,
  • Work to deadline for their publication in the print issue and on the Westerly website (both early in 2021).

Writers in the Program will be recompensed for all material published in Westerly, both in print and online, as per Westerly’s general payment policy. Each participant will also be awarded a modest stipend for use in contribution to their writing development as they choose. The Writers’ Development Program will run for four months, with outcomes extending into 2021.

Mid-Career Fellowship

Also commencing in November 2020, Westerly’s new Mid-Career Fellowship will offer support to two mid-career writers in 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 to produce a substantial piece of writing, to be published both in print (in Westerly 66.1 or Westerly 66.2) and online,
  • The opportunity for a discounted residency, including accommodation, with Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre.

As part of their commitment to the Fellowship, each participant will be expected to:

  • Craft a substantial, bespoke original prose work or poetic sequence, to be published both in print (in Westerly 66.1 or Westerly 66.2) and online.
  • Engage with Westerly‘s broader activities and the community of Writers’ Development Program participants,
  • Work to deadline for their publication in print issue 66.1 or 66.2

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants to both the Writers’ Development Program and the Mid-Career Fellowship must be Western Australian. This could mean they are living in Western Australia, writing in Western Australia or consider themselves to be Western Australian. Applicants will be required to establish their link to Western Australia in the biographical section of the application form.
  • Applicants for the Writers’ Development Program must be emerging writers and must not have published a book or collection of their own.
  • Applicants for the Mid-Career Fellowship must be writers in the process of establishing a professional career, who have published at least one full-length work or collection and no more than four.
  • Previous participants of the Writers’ Development Program are not eligible to apply to the Writers’ Development Program again, but are eligible to apply for the Mid-Career Fellowship, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Applicants for both the Program and the Fellowship will be assessed by a panel of assessors, based on merit.
  • Work must be submitted in either word or PDF format. Work that has been published elsewhere (in any form) will be considered within the sample for the Writers’ Development Program, but will not be eligible within applications for the Mid-Career Fellowship.
  • An entry fee of $10.00 will be required to submit an application to either the Program or the Fellowship.
  • The decision of the assessors is final; no correspondence will be entered into and no individual feedback will be provided.
  • By submitting your entry you agree to the Program Terms and Conditions.

 

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