Selection criteria

The Next Chapter celebrates writers who reflect the diversity of Australian identities and experiences. As such, grants in any given year are distributed amongst writers from a diversity of backgrounds.

Applications will be considered on the basis of:

Merit: the quality of the writing – including but not limited to the craft demonstrated in story and character development, innovation in form, and the sophistication of phrasing and lyricism.

Impact: the potential impact that the scheme would have on the applicant’s writing practice and career. This includes considering ways in which the publishing industry was previously inaccessible to the applicant.

Potential: the applicant’s potential success and/or impact as a professional writer in future.

Suitability: the applicant’s commitment to completing the project within the year.

Significance: the potential impact that the writing produced through the scheme may have in the wider community.