The Next Chapter
Take your story to The Next Chapter, the Wheeler Centre’s landmark writing program.
The Next Chapter elevates the Australian stories that aren’t being published – and nurtures a new wave of writers to tell them.
Each year, The Next Chapter selects a group of writers providing each of them with a stipend of $15,000 and a handpicked mentor to work closely with them on bringing their writing to life, connecting them with peers, publishers and readers. Participants also receive the opportunity to attend a residency at Varuna, The Writer’s House in Katoomba, NSW.
The Wheeler Centre is thrilled to receive funding from Australia Council for the Arts and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation to support the continuation of The Next Chapter, and will offer placements to five writers in 2024. This year, The Next Chapter will be judged by award-winning writers Maxine Beneba Clarke, Bruce Pascoe and Maria Tumarkin.
Applications for The Next Chapter have now closed. We will be announcing recipients in November 2023.