The Next Chapter 2019: Applications open

The Next Chapter – the Wheeler Centre's scheme for supporting writers – is back. Entries open Thursday 2 May – Friday 12 July 2019.

Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – there are aspiring writers with stories to tell. But getting those stories heard is not easy. And the commercial market is not always the best place for a writer to develop their skills and hone their craft.

So what are the challenges for emerging talent in Australia? How do we make it possible for aspiring writers to connect with peers and mentors across the nation? And how do we make sure the industry has the tools to build inclusive networks and support writers from marginalised communities?

The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter is here to elevate the Australian stories that aren’t being published – and to nurture a new generation of writers, from all sorts of backgrounds, to tell them.

Each year, The Next Chapter judges pick ten outstanding writers and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. The scheme will match them with a mentor who will work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with peers, publishers and readers. (You can find out more about our 2018 cohort of writers and mentors here.)

Applications and nominations open 5pm Thursday 2 May and close 5pm Friday 12 July 2019.

Writers will be assessed on a writing sample, a 300 word or less pitch and a one page letter of support from someone who can vouch for the entrant’s commitment to writing. You don’t need a university English degree, industry connections or even to have been published before.

More information on how to apply or nominate a writer can be found on The Next Chapter website – that's We've also laid out some of the key details in this video.

An introduction to The Next Chapter 2019, a writers' scheme from the Wheeler Centre

Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia introduce The Next Chapter and explain how to apply.

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