The Wheeler Centre has announced it will launch a new $150,000 initiative for developing writers called The Next Chapter. Established by the Wheeler Centre in conjunction with the Aesop Foundation, the nationwide scheme aims to support ‘a new generation of writers, from all sorts of backgrounds’ by offering 10 Australian writers a grant of $15,000 each to help them develop their work. The recipients will also be matched with a mentor who will work with them over 12 months to help connect them with publishers and readers.

The Next Chapter will focus on offering opportunities to writers from marginalised communities and will ‘celebrate writers who reflect the diversity of Australian identities and experiences’. It will also aim to give writers ‘time and space to craft a voice and a career—offering them support from mentors and peers, and the opportunity to experiment and develop their writing’. The judges for the 2018 program are Benjamin Law, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ellen van Neerven. Mentors will be matched with the successful candidates ‘on the basis of individual fit’. Find out more here.

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