Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2017

The Wheeler Centre’s Hot Desk Fellowships are back – once again made possible by the generous support of the Readings Foundation. Twenty writers will be offered fellowships throughout 2017. This year, an additional Playwright Hot Desk Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright, supported by the generosity of the Just Pretending theatre group.

The fellowships, which include a $1000 stipend and workspace in the Wheeler Centre over a ten-week period, have been created simply to give emerging writers the space to write and create. Hot Desk fellows will also have the opportunity to meet, network and work with the Wheeler Centre’s resident organisations.

In addition, Hot Desk Fellowships introduce emerging writers and their work to the public – we'll feature all our writers and their projects on our website, as well as in a special Hot Desk Edition of The Next Big Thing. In 2016, several of our Hot Desk fellows were approached by publishers and agents interested in their work, with many alumni having been published since their involvement in the programme.

Join a community of creativity, as well as having the productive space of a desk of your own. Applications for 2017 Hot Desk Fellowships will be open from Friday 17 February to Friday 10 March 2017, and successful applicants will be announced on Monday 17 April 2017 on this website. (Please note that applications will close at 5.00 pm on Friday, 10 March 2017.)

How to apply

We are currently taking applications for Hot Desk Fellowships for the periods Monday 1 May 2017 – Friday 7 July 2017Monday 10 July 2017 – Friday 15 September 2017 and Monday 18 September 2017 – Friday 24 November 2017.

To apply you must complete the online application form (below – scroll down), which includes a 500 word sample of your writing, by 5pm Friday, 10 March 2017.

Guidelines for applicants

  1. Successful applicants will receive a dedicated hot desk at the Wheeler Centre for a specified period and a stipend of $1000.
  2. In addition to the 20 Fellowships supported by the Readings Foundation, the Just Pretending Playwright Fellowship will be offered to an emerging female playwright.
  3. Each fellowship lasts for a period of ten weeks. Writers are encouraged to use their hot desk space as frequently as possible during this period, but are not required to be in the space full-time. Fellows will be required to attend a compulsory induction at the start of the fellowship, and will be expected to use their hot desk at least one day per week.
  4. Fellowships will be offered on the strength and merit of each application. However, we aim to award fellowships to a diversity of writers.
  5. Fellowships are offered to writers in order to produce a specific piece of work, either in full or in part, during their time at the Wheeler Centre.
  6. The Wheeler Centre reserves the right to publish all or part of the project descriptions of successful fellows on our website or in other Wheeler Centre publications. On request, successful applicants agree to provide a photograph for publicity purposes, and to the Wheeler Centre publishing approximately 500 words from their work-in-progress on the Wheeler Centre's website.
  7. Successful fellows agree to enter into discussion regarding publishing completed projects on the Wheeler Centre’s website, although the copyright will remain with the fellowship recipient.
  8. Payment of the $1000 stipend will be made in two parts – one payment of $500 to be made at the commencement of the fellowship, and one upon its completion and with the recipient’s submission of their work in progress, which will appear on the Wheeler Centre website.
  9. The Wheeler Centre will endeavour to offer a fellowship to an applicant during the intake period they have requested, but cannot guarantee this.
  10. Applicants who have previously received a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship are ineligible in 2017.
  11. Wheeler Centre staff, Wheeler Centre Resident Organisation staff, and Readings Head Office staff are ineligible for consideration for a 2017 Hot Desk Fellowship, but are eligible to participate in the professional and creative development opportunities that will run as part of the 2017 Fellowship programme.
  12. The sample of writing must be supplied in PDF form, and must use the following naming convention: surname_initial_title.pdf 
  13. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 10 March 2017. Late applications will not be considered for selection.
  14. The selection panel’s decision is final.



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