Writers’ Development Program

Submissions for the 2019-20 program are now closed.

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 fourth year of our Writers’ Development Program!

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 three occasions, and we have been delighted and impressed with the quality of the participants’ work in Westerly 62.1, Westerly 63.1, and on the Westerly website. Writing from the participants of the 2018 program is featured in Westerly 64.1. We are sure that the publication of their writing will lead to further success for all our participants!

Commencing in September 2019, the Program will offer support to emerging writers, and aid them in developing work for publication in Westerly. Four 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 Skype for writers from rural and regional areas, if necessary),
  • Participate in a professional development event or events (the Program will facilitate participation via Skype or similar for writers from rural and regional areas, if necessary),
  • Take up (if 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 2020).

Writers in the Program will be recompensed for all material published in Westerly, both in print and online, as per Westerly’s general policy. Each participant will 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 2020.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Applicants 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 must be emerging writers and must not have published a book or collection of their own.
  • Previous participants of the program are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants 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 will be considered.
  • An entry fee of $10.00 will be required to submit an application.
  • 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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